Over the past few months, the idea of the “false self” or “imposter” has come up in our Sunday teaching. Here is a quote from Thomas Merton on the false self:
All sin starts from the assumption that my false self, the self that exists only in my own egocentric desires, is the fundamental reality of life to which everything else in the universe is ordered. Thus I use up my life in the desire for pleasures and the thirst for experiences, for power, honor, knowledge and love, to clothe this false self and construct its nothingness into something objectively real. And I wind experiences around myself and cover myself with pleasures and glory like bandages in order to make myself perceptible to myself and to the world, as if I were an invisible body that could only become visible when something visible covered its surface.
Maybe we could all take a moment today to absorb this truth and reflect gratitude to the God who sees us and made us so much more than invisible.