… that we might become God”! -by Rick Luquette
I read something disturbing in the Catechism when it first came out that shocked me. It is found in section 460:
460 The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature”: “For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.” “For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.” “The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.”
Accepting the first quote, from 1 Peter, and the second, from St. Iraneus, was no problem. I know that I am a “partaker of the divine nature” and a “son of God”.
When I first read the third quote highlighted in blue, from St. Athanasius, I really struggled with it. The last (in red), from St. Thomas Aquinas, was only slightly less disturbing. My first reaction was that it seemed I was reading Mormon theology. But after much thought and prayer, I think I understand.
I now believe that when we receive the Eucharist, we are momentarily glorified as Jesus was glorified at the Transfiguration. I visualize the saints looking down on us from heaven and seeing us burst into heavenly light the moment we take the Eucharist. Our Divine Glory lasts only a moment, but for that instant, we become God! It truly adds new meaning to the phrase “you are what you eat”. The awesomeness cannot be experienced with human senses; it can only be experienced through faith. (This “glorification” as I present it in this paragraph is not Church teaching; it is my own poor attempt to understand how I can become God. Paragraph 460 of the Catechism is definitely Church teaching, as quoted from scripture and the Fathers and Doctors of the Church.)
Here’s what happens. When the Divinity of the Second Person of the Trinity filled Jesus, his humanity was enveloped by the Divine Glory of God so that he became God walking among us. When we receive the Eucharist, that same Divinity fills us just for a moment so that we are enveloped in Gods Divine Glory and we become God! How awesome is that?? Not only did God come to earth to save us, but God comes to earth at each liturgy to make us God!
I don’t take the Eucharist for granted any more. Every single time I approach the Eucharist, it is with the absolute certainty of faith that God will fill me, and for just a fleeting moment, I will become God!
©Copyright 2007 by Rick Luquette. All rights reserved. Used with kind permission. Rick Luquette is a staff member of the Coming Home Network