Just how great is our God? Have you ever really spent time thinking about this question? If there is a temptation in a so-called modern culture it is to believe in the absolute supremacy of humanity. The surest sign of this moment is when it is decided that we are simply too “grown up” to need God. In fact, it is not just that we decide we do not need God, we begin to blame belief in God for some of the problems, if not all of them, that we face. Contrary to the evidence, we blame all war on religion. We artificially believe that religion is old-fashioned fairy tales, while our human knowledge is what is really fact. Somehow human beings cease to be responsible for greed, selfishness, violence and more. If the human being is seen as supreme, then anything that threatens that assessment, any thing we might blame the human for needs to have blame shifted somewhere.
And even if we maintain belief in God, there can be a temptation to see that God is only slightly better than we are. It is not the love and grace of God that matters, but rather our tremendous talent alone. It is not a matter of acknowledging the presence of God in our midst, but rather focusing upon our ability alone. Whether we deny the existence of God, or minimize the presence and ability of God, at the center of both is a failure to understand the greatness of God.
To whom can you liken me as an equal? If we give this question sufficient thought, it means recognizing just how much we do not know. It means acknowledging just how many problems we cannot solve. And perhaps most difficult, it means becoming aware of where our true purpose and meaning can be found. Whenever we believe we can do these things on our own, without God and without grace, we often wind up with a greater burden than we had than when it all started. Today’s readings help us to see clearly just who is like our God.