Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Jeremiah 20:10-13 + John 10:31-42
April 7, 2017
“‘You, a man, are making yourself God.’”
It was the humble, ordinary citizens with little to lose and much more to gain who by simple faith and “common sense” accepted Jesus. John the Baptist’s witness, coupled with Christ’s many signs and wonders, convinced them of the truth of Jesus’ claims.
Humility is the single most important attribute in opening human hearts and minds to God. We receive from God in proportion to what we relinquish of our self.
It is ironic that the Pharisees’ argument against Jesus is the following: “You, a man, are making yourself God.” This is at the root of the charges that will lead Jesus to His Passion and Death. It is not, of course, Jesus who “made” Himself God: rather, from eternity, God the Son was begotten by the Father. It is this same Father who gave Jesus His mission in this world. In rejecting both who Jesus is, and His mission, the Pharisees reject God the Father.
Adding to the irony of the Pharisees’ charge is that human sin—whose power God the Son came into this world to destroy—is based precisely on what they charge Jesus with doing: making oneself into a god. From Adam and Eve to your own sins, we make ourselves arbiters of truth, and of the meaning of life, rather than turning humbly to the Father each day.