Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, to the age of “Seinfeld,” “Toy Story,” and “Apollo 13,” when little girls were named Jessica - to 1995. There was a song back then that asked “What if God was one of us?”
In the Old Testament lesson, the end result of the people’s desire to have things their way, without God’s interference in their lives, turned into a deadly mess. They realized what they had done, and came to God begging for help. If God was one of us, the answer they received would have probably been something like “sucks to be you” as God walks away smirking.
Fortunately for them, God isn’t one of us – at least not on our terms. God sees their need, and responds in love and mercy to save them from themselves.
Okay, but how does this relate to Sunday’s Gospel? It is a small scale version of what Jesus explains in the Gospel, what it looks like when God is one of us – on God’s terms. More on this tomorrow.