Human. I am not sure we fully appreciate what it means to be human. I do not think we focus on humans being created in the image and likeness of God. Today’s first reading from the Book of Sirach serves as a good reminder of what it means. Hear again some of the words of Sirach about humanity. God “endows [humans] with a strength of his own.” Humans “power over all things else on earth.” Consider the wonders of our creation. “He created for them counsel, and a tongue and eyes and ears, and an inventive heart, and filled them with the discipline of understanding.” “With wisdom he fills their heart; good and evil he shows them.”
We often think that being human is a reality that excuses our sinfulness. Well, we might say, I’m only human. But in reality, being human is when we show forth in great wonder and power the image of God. Rather than being something that is an excuse for being less than perfect, the truth is that when we sin we are less than human. When we are human, it is then that we are most alive, most reflective of the image and likeness of God. We are most like God when we are human, because when we are human we are what God has made us to be.
It was Saint Irenaeus who said that a human fully alive was the glory of God. In today’s reading, Sirach reminds us of the same thing. And so today, be fully alive. Be a reflection of the glory of God. Do the things that humans were meant to do. Be like God in all you say and do.