Contemplating the Image of renewal (Zechariah 7; Romans 8,1-17) /Monday, 13th Week after Trinity Sunday, Book of Common Prayer lectionary/
‘Execute true judgement, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother; and oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.’
This turning to the image of God in the other person is the very ground of social and cultural renewal. Amidst political turmoil, and the distractions of the digital age, it is an imperative. This is the only way of refocusing on our true self. This turn to the God-image in others, in return, builds up in us a genuine self-esteem. Through this double-attention (to the other and to our true self), we can recognise God’s love within us.
Actually, Saint Paul offers an in-depth contemplation of what this God-image is in us. ‘For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.’ ‘But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodes by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.’
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..