The prophet Ezekiel in our first reading today says to a prince of a nation named Tyre “Because you are haughty of heart, you say, “A god am I!”
Archbishop Thompson, when he was dedicating Saint Paul’s in Greencastle last weekend, said we live in a culture where the temptation is for everyone to think of themselves as a god.
Our wealth and our technology tend to give us the impression that we ARE all powerful.
But working with the poor, both the materially poor and also the spiritually poor and lonely are a great reminder that we serve a God who is especially mindful of the poor. When we work with the poor, we are doing what God has asked us to do, and working with the poor has so many benefits for US.
1) By cooperating with God, we are reminded that we are not God
2) By cooperating with God, we can glimpse His wisdom in setting up the world this way
3) By cooperating with God, we are changed by Him and become, over time, more and more like Him
We are not a god, as the Prince of Tyre thought, but by cooperating with the God, we become something better than a god which we can never be anyway, no, rather we have been adopted into the very Trinity of God, and as we grow in that relationship we see foreshadowings and glimpses of the eternal bliss that awaits us if we stay the course