Sunday, February 24, 2013

At the Core

Today's reflection discusses the question "Who am I?" in the context of feeding and fasting - the two extremes of the ego.  Am I really as horrible as my ex-spouse thinks I am?  Am I really as wonderful as my dog thinks I am?  The question is, at the core, who am I?

We've likely all played that game in the past - I am my mother's daughter, my son's mother, etc., listing off every relationship we have, but that assumes that your identity is based on who you are to other people, and not who you are at the very center of yourself.  So let's go to the question of, who would God say you are?

When did you last read Ephesians 1:3-12?  Here's your chance to read it in the context of who we are to God:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

A fairly balanced viewpoint - both sibling to Christ, and that way because of Christ.  There is the feast and the fast, and where we might think about focusing our answer to the question of "Who am I?" 

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