This is my article that was published today in the church section of The Plainville Times.
There is a scene in one of the Harry Potter movies/books, where Harry discovers a mirror, in which the reflection shows the thing that the person most desires. For Harry, that thing that he most desires is his parents; for his friend Ron, that thing that he desires is to be superior to his older brothers. This goes on for a couple of consecutive nights until the school headmaster informs Harry that the mirror will be moved and that he should not go looking for it.
But in that exchange, Harry asks the headmaster what he sees in the mirror, what is it that he most desires. Later Harry realizes that the question was maybe to personal.
But the question is now directed to you, if you look into a mirror that shows your greatest desires, what would you see? Money? A bigger house? More land and machinery? More clothes? More toys or gadgets? Or is your greatest desire perhaps not a thing that can be bought, but instead a person, whether it is a spouse or child, or someone that you chase after in lust.
It is a personal question because the question is what is your true God? Is your God an idol that you have set up, that you desire more than all other things? Do you desire more earthly stuff more then you desire the kingdom of heaven? Does your pursuit of earthly stuff prevent you from receiving the gifts that God has promised to you?
But now you have been caught chasing after those things, and you are told by God the Father that you should no longer chase after idols with such passion. And you pose the question to God that Harry posed to his headmaster: what do you see when you look into the mirror? What is your greatest desire?
And God provides an answer: He sees you. The one thing that God wants more than anything else is you. He wants you to hear His Word and to follow it. He wants you to receive the gifts that He has promised to you. And God will stop at nothing to get what He wants: He sent His Son into the world to suffer and die and rise for you so that you might have eternal life with Him. He has called you by name, for you are His. That is the depth of God’s love for you. He does not desire sacrifices or burnt offerings, He only wants you.