Why do we have images in the Catholic Church? Is there a specific passage in the bible that refers to this? There are actually many passages in the bible that God commanded his people to create images. One of these is cited in the gospel reading for today. (Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert so must the Son of Man be lifted up.” Jesus was referring in this Old Testament passage (Numbers 21:4-9). Then, Jesus said: “So that everyone who believes may have eternal life.”
Those who are deep in their faith know what Jesus is talking about. We know that our deep faith in Him will carry us through eternal life. We know that our life here on earth is just temporary and fleeting and this can be taken away from us anytime. But we don’t worry about it for we know what awaits us in our afterlife.
Let us shift our attention to this bible passage: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
The love of God for us is always ours for the taking it’s perpetually there for us and it’s free it’s given by God to us without strings attached on it. God loves us so much that He gave His only Son for us. Can we fathom God’s love for us? No we cannot! Our finite minds will not be able to comprehend the hugeness of God’s love.
How come that there are those who are not aware of this eternal love of God? The answer to this question is very simple—their life is so much taken by the trappings and worries of this temporary world. This is the reason why they are not aware of this great love of God.
If we will faithfully celebrate Mass, if we will regularly find time to read the bible the grace of the Holy Spirit will be upon us. And it will slowly give us the gift of awareness of this great love of God.
Let us always be aware of God’s love for us, let us nurture it until it blossoms forever in our hearts. ...