What if God was one of us? Some answers to questions of Joan Osborne
November 26, 2012 2 Comments
Answers to Questions of Joan Osborne:
1. If God had a name what would it be?
Ans. Moses asked God this question and God answered: “I am who I am….This is what you will tell the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.” (Ex 3:14)
2. And would you call it to his face?
Ans. No. Israelites would not speak God’s name and won’t even write it down. They refer to God as Lord instead. And so do I.
3. If you were faced with him in all his glory what would you ask if you had just one question?
Ans. Why is it so late that I have loved you? (c.f. St. Augustine of Hippo)
4. What if God was one of us?
Ans. God already did. This is the story of Christmas:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God….And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.” (Jn 1 :1-14)
5. If God had a face, what would it look like?
Ans. The Face of Christ. As Christ said: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (Jn 14:9). Many Catholics believe that the face of the man in the Shroud of Turin is the Face of Christ.
6. Would you want to see [God’s face] if seeing meant that you would have to believe in things like heaven and Jesus and the saints and all the Prophets?
Ans. I already believed in God even if I don’t see His Face, because of the testimony of the Catholic Church as handed down from the Apostles. As Christ said to Thomas: “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?r Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (Jn 20:29). That is why I believe in things like heaven and the saints and all the Prophets.