27th Sunday Year B
It is interesting to note how God invites us to participate, from the very beginning of time, in his act of creation. He brings all creatures to the man to be named and to find a companion or helper or partner. But even before naming the creatures, the man is already participating in creation by taking care of the world. So it is clear that God wants us to take an active role in his plan.
Eventually God makes man a companion and the two become one. In this becoming one, we reach another level of our participation in the plan of God. This participation is not only to be understood as procreation, but should be considered more broadly as humanity becoming one or being united. A nation is only strong when united. A family or community finds its strength in unity. In John’s Gospel Jesus prays for this unity and in today’s Gospel he is against anything that destroys oneness. So becoming one is an important part of salvation. We are called to become one.
Jesus takes this unity or oneness to another level in that as a human person He is one with God. His will and that of the Father are one. It is because of this that Jesus could accept or submit to the suffering for us as we heard in our second reading. Jesus was not an angel but a human person and thus our salvation came through a person. We have participated in salvation through Christ.
We continue to participate in our salvation. Salvation is a gift but we can refuse it if we please. We refuse this gift by not embracing God’s will in our life. This is why Jesus tells us that we should embrace God’s kingdom like children. In order to enter that kingdom we need to embrace God’s will for our lives. Our will and that of the Father should be one. By so doing we actively participate in our own salvation. Embrace the gift of salvation like a child without any inhibitions or fear. We are called from the beginning of creation to be active participants in God’s plan so let us not deny ourselves this great privilege.