You Wanna Be Godlike?

Hebrews 5:7-10
In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard for His godly fear. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered; and being made perfect He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

A common conception of deity from ancient Mesopotamia to the present is one of a god immune from suffering, a god who in fact enjoys inflicting suffering just for the heck of it.  When we speak, even today, of somebody who is “godlike” we generally mean, not their character, but their olympian power to do whatever they like without feeling the consequences.  That definition of “godlike” marks the distance between popular culture and biblical revelation.  For in Scripture, it is the willingness to bear the cross, not to wield invincible and dispassionate power, that is the mark of true godlikeness.  And it is something that can only be seen (and lived) with the grace and help of the Crucified One, who not only died a cross death, but lived a cross life.  Today, ask for His help to take up the cross and to bear suffering as God Incarnate did.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • Guest

    This helped me a great deal today at work.  It helped me deal with a very difficult situation today, on my new job.  Thank you.

  • scwelter

    It’s easy to forget that God came to earth so we could identify with Him in the crosses we carry. Thanks for the reminder!

  • lkeebler

    The suffering of Christ was great. As I read through the Gospels over and over I can’t help but see the greatest suffering was of the Heart. May I dare to say as painful as His physical sufferings. For the One who is Love; to watch so many lost in the darkness of sin, to see the physical suffering of sickness and mental and the spiritual disorder of the people, to be so misunderstood by so many, to be rejected and hated even to the point of wanting His death, to be abandoned by those He Loved so dearly, to be finally betrayed with the symbol of brotherly Love – “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?“ His pain is clear in this passage, His Heart is pierced. In the end, it was His Heart that was pierced for us… as ours will be for others.