BELONG BELIEVE BEHOLD BECOME
“The glory of God is a human being fully alive; and the life of human beings consists in beholding the vision of God”
St. Irenaeus of Lyons, 2nd C.
All things were created through Jesus, the Word of God, described in the Old Covenant (Genesis 1) and revealed in the New Covenant (John 1) as God's Word become fully human and fully divine. All creation, indeed, every human being, created in the image and likeness of God, uniquely belongs to Him.
Thus, informally belonging at St. Aidan’s requires no profession of faith and no formal commitments. As one's heart opens to the claims of Christ, God's gift of believing (faith) begins to grow. One may come to behold an ever-expanding vision of God (as one grows in contemplation of Christ). One comes to “see” what has always been true about them: through the darkest moments, we've always been loved by God! God is love, and love is calling us to belong, believe, behold and become ... fully alive, transfigured into the image of Jesus Christ (I John 4:16; Romans 8:28-39) .
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory,
are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18