“We are God’s work of art created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.” (Ephesians 2:10)

I recently took part in the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust 2012 Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes and the theme we followed through our week in Lourdes was “We are God’s work of art”. These lovely words of St. Paul express the deep truth that God has made us all as he wished and we are all therefore precious in his eyes.

A deeper sense of our human beauty comes from knowing the Lord Jesus Christ through the richness and goodness of the gift of his grace. This grace lifts us from sin and opens up for us the good life he wishes us to live in him. This is always a work in progress, the picture is not complete until we reach eternity with him. Each day brings new opportunity to allow the Lord to create us as his work of art, and he invites us anew today to give ourselves to him in complete love and trust.

We pray that we be ready to welcome the Lord into our hearts, that we allow him to work in and through the good gifts he has blessed us with, and that we work with him in drawing the bigger picture of the height and the depth of his love, especially in our love and service of our smallest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters. Thinking back to Lourdes a wonderful part of God’s work of art there is St Bernadette, especially her openness to God and her response to Our Lady in helping build there something beautiful for God. Can we do the same?

Bishop Joseph Toal
Diocese of Argyll and the Isles.