Our Lady and Sheen

Knit in the womb

God knit us in the womb, says the Psalmist (Psalm 139). Indeed, that is a startling image. I thought it had something to do with my meditation today, until I wrote it down just now.

My prayer today, and a conversation with a coworker about tailoring, led me to see my relationship with God in a different light. I know of us being knitted in the womb, or formed from the clay, but I was able to think of God not only as a potter, but as a tailor.

First, we were created in the image and likeness of God. That means there was and is a pattern that we should be following. The Lord sees this pattern as we do not. A tailor can look at a pattern from above, while the cloth just lays there, believing that is all there is to life, because that is all it knows. The cloth (figuratively, of course) feels that something more is there, because it is being moved about, but the tailor is beyond its two-dimensional understanding. We also know that there is a God, but our understanding is only a little better than our example.

Second, the pattern requires the fabric to be molded into shape. How is this done? I am no expert, but I believe that scissors run the length of the fabric once it is attached to the pattern. Scissors are sharp. The excess material is severed from the useful material. If the cloth could feel, my guess is that the feeling would not be pleasant, mentally or physically. Those people that have lost limbs probably did not think it was the most pleasant experience, although there are plenty of saints, known and unknown, who joyfully suffered. God asks us, as merciful Father, to allow Him to remove the “excess cloth” in the for, of worldly attachments and sin. As we allow Him to form us into the garment He wishes for, we must lose more and more material, being cut smaller and shaped differently.

Finally, again with my limited knowledge of tailoring, he must put us together. We do not, in any way, shape or form “deserve” heaven on our own merits. We must do good and be holy, but not out of some “quid pro quo” arrangement with the Almighty! Rather, it is He who perfects us, in this world or purgatory to follow, both being the sewing process. The pinpoint accuracy of the needlework is again, if the cloth could feel, painful, but the result is beautiful. This stitching together is our becoming a garment that would be welcomed in the court of the Most High.

The surprising part is that when the garment is complete and perfect, we realize that we are also created anew, and wearing the garment!

This is not the best example ever, obviously, but I hope that it will bring only good, and no evil to your thoughts on God’s will for you.

I pray that God will continue cutting on my excess cloth, and form my life into one suitable for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. If you would also pray that I become perfect as the Father is perfect, it would help.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

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February 13, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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