08 The Divine became Human to make Humanity Divine

posted Dec 11, 2018, 9:14 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 9:15 AM ]
Fr Errol Fernandes SJ

Genesis narrates that humankind was created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26-28). This means that the origin and identity of the human (male and female) are found only in God. The commission to “be fruitful and multiply” is indicative of the fact that Creation was meant to be ongoing. It was not a static event, but a dynamic one in which humans were invited to be co-creators with God. This is also sign-posted by the generosity of God in giving to humans “every plant yielding seed… you shall have them for food” (Gen 1:29). Through this munificence, God intended that humans would live in harmony with God, each other and Nature.

Initially, humans responded to God as God directed them, but soon, things spiralled out of control. The ‘use’ which humans were supposed to make of things, turned to abuse. The harmonious relationships that male and female were meant to have deteriorated into disharmonious and discordant ones. The communion and intimacy with Nature turned into hostility, aggression and violence. Cosmos was turned once again into Chaos.

On numerous occasions, God intervened and tried to restore the harmony that was intended (Heb 1:1). This was done in a variety of ways. God sent prophets, messengers, kings as well as blessings and benedictions, and reminders through catastrophes, calamities and devastation. To these, there was initially a positive response, but soon, humans forgot themselves, and again and again, Cosmos turned to Chaos. We tried to figure God out, and the result was God was made in our image and likeness.