The noted philosopher-theologian Sören Kierkegaard believed that we should use the Bible as a mirror in which to view ourselves. “In order to see yourself in the mirror when you read God’s word,” he wrote, “you must remember to be constantly saying to yourself that it is speaking to me; I am the one it’s talking about.”
In his parables Jesus holds up a mirror and invites us to see ourselves, not in comparison to someone else, or as we wish we were, or even as other people see us, but as God sees us and unwaveringly loves us – as we really are. With God’s help, such a reflection offers the hope of becoming more like Jesus.
Lord, help us to find our real selves mirrored in the stories Jesus told. Amen.
John Paul Carter’s “Notes From the Journey” is a regular feature of Viewpoints.