The Beauty of Humanity
by Mark Votava
I am realizing the beauty of my own humanity. I am not just a “sinner,” as some would like to box me up as, I am an expression of love, compassion, grace and humility in the world. God is beautiful and I am created in God’s image as a beloved child. That is something I have been resting in lately and it is bringing healing to my soul.
Beauty lives within me because God lives within me. I am thankful for that! God is beautiful, compassionate, loving, vulnerable and graceful. As I live into my belovedness, this is the kind of expression I will be in the beautiful human experience of life I have been given.
- Our humanity is not to be taken for granted
Our humanity is beautiful. Our humanity is our greatest asset. Our humanity is formed by God and is good. Our humanity is not to be taken for granted.
- Our humanity is how we experience life
Reflection and rest gives us the chance to feel our humanity and live in it as an embodiment of love in the world. All we know in everyday life is our humanity. Our humanity is how we experience everything. Nothing escapes our humanity.
- The medium of giving and receiving love
Our sensuousness is our humanity. We are our humanity. The body of Christ is manifested through humanity in the parish. Our humanity is the medium of giving and receiving love.
- Being an expression of love
Love is only experienced through our humanity. When we are disconnected from love, we are disconnected from our humanity. Reflection and rest helps us to connect with our humanity. As we rest, our humanity becomes centered on being an expression of love.
- A practice of faithful presence
Reflection and rest puts us on the path of working out our salvation together as the body of Christ in everyday life. As we work out our salvation together, we are in the process of becoming human. Becoming human is a practice of faithful presence. Becoming human is a practice of endurance.
- On a path of listening
Becoming human puts us on a path of listening. Becoming human allows us to live in peace with our neighbors in the parish. We become the kind of people who manifest the peaceful ways of Christ who lives within us.
- Solidarity with others
When we become human, our union with God and others is integrated. They cannot be separated. Working through our salvation connects us to our solidarity with others.
- Relationships of wholeness and healing in union with God
Ilia Delio says, “To be human is to be on the way to salvation, that is to be brought into relationships of wholeness and healing in union with God…”
- Reconciliation with others
When we become human through reflection and rest, we develop relationships of “wholeness and healing.” Reconciliation becomes a big theme to our purpose and existence as the body of Christ in everyday life together. We experience our salvation through our reconciliation with others.
What do you think about the idea of becoming human?