Commentary on the Gospel of
The DNA Test
Two elements capture my attention in today’s Gospel: Jesus revealing our true identity, and the true test of such identity. Sadly, the crowd being crowd, understands neither of them. The “am-ness” of God that Jesus claimed moments ago, he now reveals as our own origin and destiny, basing it on the truth of the Scriptures: “You are gods.” By receiving the word of God, we become God; or, as the mystic doctor John of the Cross repeatedly puts it, “God-by-participation.” Now, the proof of the pudding is in eating. If one is God by participation, the evidence lies in the way one lives life. Jesus invites the crowd to see the works he does and believe that the Father and he are one. If we were to subject ourselves to a DNA test of our godly origins, would the result be positive or negative?