The Brotherhood of Humanity

My first attempt at Lectio Divina reading Genesis 1.

  1. Listen: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him.”
  2. Reflect: The brotherhood of humanity links back to God’s creation act. And so when Jesus says that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love your neighbor (Matthew) He is speaking a form of repetition found throughout Hebrew poetry (See Psalms) and restating in a slightly different way the same message- just as Genesis 1:27 inverts it’s language from “So God created man in his own image” to the second portion of the verse “in the image of God He created him.” Man is an image-bearer of God. To live and serve your neighbor is to love and serve God, for your neighbor bears as much of God’s likeness as you.
  3. Respond: Lord, have patience with my impatience. Teach me to see your likeness and image in those all around me. Help me to extend to them the grace and patience you’ve shown to me. Open my eyes to the likeness of all my brothers, all mankind, to you.
  4. Rest/Meditate: “In the image of God He created them”

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