Engaging Formation

 

“Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God, of His boundless love, became what we are that He might make us what He himself is.”
St. Irenaeus of Lyons

 

Formation

One of the earliest names of the Christian Faith was simply, “The Way” (Acts 19:23).  By following the way of Jesus Christ, one must be willing to be molded by God as Adam was molded (Gen 2:7).  However, as the first created, Adam rejected his role and was banished from paradise (Gen 3:23).  Yet Jesus Christ, the “New Adam”, established the path to God by humbling himself as man, and modeling for us the authentic life intended from the beginning of the world.

 

Within Scripture, there are many instances where people desire a path away from God.  Perhaps one of the most vivid examples is when the Israelites were led into the wilderness following their freedom from Egypt.  Almost immediately, the people of God wanted to return to the slavery and death of Pharaoh, rather than the freedom and life of God (Ex 16).  Away from their comfort and security in Egypt, God wanted to form their hearts, so that they would know He is their Lord.  As St. Paul describes this, “He desires His Spirit to be written in our hearts (2 Cor 3:3).”  As with the Israelites, God is calling us into the wilderness, so that we can be formed in His image and likeness.  

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