God is my Glue
Why did I pick God is my Glue? Honestly, the title came to me when I first woke up several months ago and felt inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit and I have been well acquainted since my Confirmation. The moment the Bishop laid his hands on my shoulder, I felt a beautiful warmth spread through my body. It was like nothing I had experienced in the past. Since that time I have felt many, what I like to call, Holy Spirit moments. Sometimes they are big, like when the Lord led me to the doctor who would later save my life, and sometimes they are small, like when a kind woman let me go ahead of her in line at the store, and saved me from being late to pick up my kids. They are all so beautiful and they happen to each of us every day. We just have to be tuned in to Him.
I love the idea of God as my glue, because Heaven knows I would be in pieces on the floor without His loving mercy holding me together. He is my everything, He is my glue! It also reminded me of a homily I heard where the priest, Fr. Devin told us about laminin.
What is Laminin?
“Laminin heterotrimers are relatively large proteins and exist as cross-shaped molecules with two or three short arms and one long arm. Laminins play important roles in tissue morphogenesis and homeostasis by regulating tissue architecture, cell adhesion, migration and matrix-mediated signaling.” (Kevin J. Hamill, Kristina Kligys, Susan B. Hopkinson, Jonathan C. R. Jones, Journal of Cell Science 2009 122: 4409-4417; doi: 10.1242/jcs.041095)
So, basically, laminin is the “glue” holding the cells throughout our body together and it is in the shape of a cross! I don’t know about you, but I find that absolutely fascinating and not coincidental. God is our glue, literally and figuratively! We are held together by the love of the cross!
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17
Just as Jesus holds us together, so are we called to hold each other together. As St. Teresa of Avila said, “Yours are the eyes through which He looks compassion on the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth, but yours.” Let’s outstretch our arms to each other in kindness, encouragement, love, and consolation. Lord, help us to be your eyes, hands, and feet every day. Let us see your face in all we are called to serve. Amen
“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” 1Corinthians 12:27
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35