24 Nov 2015
We wouldn’t think of making a statue of iron and tile—the two just don’t go together. They’re of two different substances, kind of like oil and water. And yet, here in King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is just that: a statue made of materials that don’t go together. Of course, that statue can be a metaphor for what our lives are like sometimes.
We’re Catholics, a people of faith—we have in us the “gold” of Christ’s perfect love for us, the “silver” of the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the “bronze” of God’s commandments. And we, as a Church, also have the “iron” of Scripture and our Catholic Tradition in us, too. Our lives are built up kind of like a statue made of different metals—and they’re all sturdy.
But then—you know—we have pieces of tile in us, too; just like that statue in King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. And those pieces of tile might be a metaphor for sin, or bad habits, or beliefs that are contrary to what God reveals to us, or whatever. Mixed into our faith lives are things that just don’t go with our faith. And that weakens us—as individuals and as a community.
Perhaps the Prophet Daniel would say to us: Check to see what your lives are built of. If there’s anything in there contrary to the faith, get rid of it—because it makes us weak instead of strong.