More Lordly Dialogues, this time with Psalms

El Greco Adoration of the Holy Name of Jesus

It calls them gods to whom the word of God came. (John 10:34)

Christ quotes a Psalm. The Psalm refers to the power delegated by the Supreme Divine Governor to judges and rulers of lower rank, that is, angels, demons, and men.

The Lord has, indeed, entrusted us with freedom, by which we exercise sovereignty over our lives. Another Psalm puts it like this, “What is man? Yet you have made him little less than a god. You have given him rule over the works of your hands and put all things at his feet.”

So the phrase ‘son of God’ applies to every human being, because we have all been endowed by our Creator with this freedom and sovereignty.

Then the Lord Jesus went on to say,

Can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’

In other words, the Lord Jesus appeals to our self-respect–our native human self-respect, which can get buried under a mountain of self-destructive nonsense, but which God Himself put into our heart of hearts.

Christ: “I call myself only what any beloved son or daughter of God has the right to call him- or herself. The human race is made up of one category of people: children of God. It is hardly blasphemy to acknowledge the truth of our birthright as God’s children. Rather, it offends the Almighty Father when we sell ourselves short, and think of ourselves as less than who He made us to be.’

Then the Messiah implores; He pleads; He practically begs us to believe in Him, which means believing in ourselves: ‘I have shown you great works. Indeed, I am divine. So when I stand tall as a man, as a human being, a son of the Most High, when I take pride in who I really am—stand with me! See, my word is verified by miracles! Do not doubt, but believe that I am God and that God loves you!’

…See how Christ shows us ourselves? How He allows us to know ourselves, in God’s truth, like we have never known ourselves before—because it has all lain hidden under a mountain of lies?

What is man? Who am I? The God-man in Whom we believe gives us the answer.

little trinities

The other day, beads of sweat dripped from my elbow when I finished my morning run. The sheer joy of it moved me to compose this little rhapsody:

Come, long hot Washington summer!
Come and enfold your people in your torrid embrace.
We will take every sweaty minute of your grimy kiss.
We hardly know ourselves without your bleary fog surrounding us.
Come and wrap us in your dank blanket!

…Here is a Trinity Sunday homily for you:

Lord, what is man that you care for him? Mortal man, that you keep him in mind? Yet You have made him little less than a god. (Psalm Eight)

In Sacred Scripture, the Wisdom of God testifies that He brought about the making of all things with the Almighty Father:

When the Lord established the heavens I was there, when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep; when he made firm the skies above, when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth; when he set for the sea its limit, so that the waters should not transgress his command; then was I beside him as his craftsman. (Proverbs 8:27-30)

This is the Word of God speaking, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. All three Persons of the Trinity brought about creation. Of all the works of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the greatest is man. Divine Wisdom says, “I found delight in the human race.” The Lord crowned the world by making us “with glory and honor, putting all things under our feet” (Psalm Eight).

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