I have long been troubled by the use of the word “shame” in the Bible. In my studies, shame means “I am bad”; yet God made us in his image and God is most definitely not bad. We are human, we are not bad; we do bad things. While reading through these scriptures, it became clear to me that God tells us what he wants from us, how to live our lives, how to conduct ourselves in His image. Nevertheless, when we get lost and choose something wrong/bad, we must ask for forgiveness and compassion, and we will be forgiven.
In the Luke reading, Jesus tells us how to live in the image of God. This is the best reminder during Lent: Have mercy on others and yourself, do not judge your friends nor your adversaries, love all of your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who cause you indignity, and pray for those who wrong you. They are some of the hardest things to do. Yes, we make a start in doing these things.
I pray that I listen to and remember these words each morning as I rise and begin my day. As I live my day in the image of God, I will be a reminder of God.
Links to the appointed readings for today: