A classic case of the pot calling the kettle black is to be found in today’s gospel. Certain critics scolded Jesus, saying: “You, a man, are making yourself God!” Of course, Jesus wasn’t making himself God- he is God! However, don’t we try to make ourselves God all the time? Isn’t this an accusation that Jesus could legitimately make of those critics and many others- including us?
Just think about it:
So often, we want to glorify ourselves, and not God;
We want to be independent, not dependent on God;
We want to do what we want, not what God wants;
We want God to serve us, not the other way around.
The truth is, God didn’t create us to be God. God created us to be ourselves! Which is a good thing, as we’re all made in God’s image and likeness. And that’s why God calls us, not to be God, but to be godly, God-like.
Our challenge, then, is for us to stop trying so hard to be God, and instead surrender to God, that we may become like God, just a little bit more, every day.
Readings for today’s Mass: http://www.usccb.org/nab/041511.shtml