I find it interesting how you can understand a theological premise and totally accept it, and yet you read a phrase that brings it from the abstract to the concrete for you.
This morning I was reading Scott Hahn’s commentary on Romans chapter 8.
“But in Paul’s view, suffering is God’s way of sculpting us into the image of his Son.”
While the following story of Michelangelo being congratulated at the unveiling of his immortal statue of David has no historical basis, it gets across this idea.
“How could you have achieved a masterpiece like this from a crude slab of marble?” a fan is supposed to have asked him.
“It was easy,” Michelangelo is said to have said. “All I did was chip away everything that didn’t look like David.”
Plus most days I feel more like a “crude slab of marble,” than being sculpted into an image of Jesus.