In the first book of the Bible, we learn that human beings are created in God’s own image. Being made in God’s image points to the dignity of the human person and gives intrinsic value to each human life. A person’s worth, then, is not based on race, skin color, status, education, or social standing but is simply based on the great value of human life. Unfortunately, many people don’t view themselves or others as images of God. If we lack that awareness, it affects our own self-concept as well as our respect for others. There is a Jewish proverb that states, “Before every person there marches an angel proclaiming, ‘Behold, the image of God!’” May you hear that angel’s proclamation upon encountering each person who comes into your life today, and may you recognize and honor the image of God in the other, as well as in yourself.
By Mary Weidner, OSB