The practice and theology of adoption

Father Ron meant well. He would never have intentionally excluded some children from his sermon. It was Wednesday mass, and the congregation was primarily children—kindergartners through eighth-graders—with a sprinkling of teachers, administrators and parents. The text was Colossians 1:15: Christ is “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”

Father Ron developed his theme: Children look like their parents; Jesus as God’s Son reveals what God is like. He gave examples, picking out children: “You look just like your mother. You have her eyes, her nose, her dimple.” Or: “You are an athlete just like your Uncle Sam. You have his genes.” The point was profoundly simple: We know what God is like by looking at Jesus.


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