March 29, 2021
Each day during Lent, I am highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
“I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations…” (Isaiah 1:6)
I FORMED YOU: I think the image of being formed by God is beautiful. What does it mean to be formed?
When I was preparing for ordination to the diaconate, I went through a process called deacon formation. I remember someone in my deacon candidate cohort using the phrase “deacon training” during one of our classes. The formation director quickly corrected him, saying, “You are not being trained, you are being formed.”
He went on to explain that training prepares us for a specific, singular task; however, when we are formed, it becomes who we are. It is the difference between preparing for a job and preparing for a vocation.
God did not sit at a work bench with blueprints ‘building’ us, he sat at a potter’s wheel, forming us. No blueprints were necessary because he was not mass-producing us. Each of us is unique while still being formed in his image. He formed us into who he intended us to be. This image is both mysterious and beautiful and offers us much upon which to reflect.
For your reflection today: Who did God form you to be? Since you were formed in God’s image, how are you representing him?