I praise you Lord, for I am wonderfully made

I praise you Lord, for I am wonderfully made.

Do we believe these words today? Let us ask ourselves right now, “Do I believe that I am God’s beloved son/daughter?” “Do I believe that I am worthy of God’s love?”

I praise you Lord, for I am wonderfully made.

Recently I was reflecting with Fr. Mark on my experience here at Saint Patrick. I realized that sometimes I become focussed on my sinfulness and my brokenness so much, that I am unable to proclaim God’s love to others because I have forgotten his love for me. Today, I think it is a common spiritual sickness for us to believe that we are not lovable or deserving of God’s love. But this is a lie. Our readings today remind us that God has wonderfully made each of us. We heard in our first reading that we are “made glorious in the sight of the LORD, and [our] God is now [our] strength!” We really are “precious in God’s eyes” (Isaiah 43).

I praise you Lord, for I am wonderfully made.

We cannot give to the world what we do not have. If we want this world to be set on fire with the love of Christ, we must first understand how much God loves us personally. This must be something we accept in the depths of our hearts. When we do that we can hear Christ’s desire for us. And His desire for us is to be a “light to the nations”. This means that we become joyful Evangelists. To be a light to the nations is to be confident in God’s love for us, so that we can be the love of Christ to the world.

I praise you Lord, for I am wonderfully made.

Today Saint John the Baptist shows us how to be these Joyful Evangelists. Our Gospel today teaches us that John understood who he was in the eyes of God and so was able to accept his mission of preparing the world for Christ. If we look at his statue behind me, Saint John is pointing to the Lamb; Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was a light to the nations always pointing to Christ, and he could do this because he was confident in God’s love for him.

Today I think the Lord is reminding us of his profound love for us. Consequently, he is calling us into action. Go out, He says, and be a sign of my love for the world. Be “a light to the nations” so that my “salvation may reach to the ends of the earth”. Today, let us give thanks to God by being windows to Christ.

I praise you Lord, for I am wonderfully made.

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