“Our liberal culture knows only individuals, “human beings” eager to enjoy life at the level of their fortune and good health.
Individuals being “pots of earth among other pots of earth”, struggle to affirm their own identity. They dream of being totally independent. This psalm below on the contrary emphasizes the dignity of the human person which awakens at the call of God and develops under his watchful eye.
The text of verses 5-7 (‘When I observe the heavens’… to …’over the works of your hands’) would be betrayed by inclusive language because the expressions “the mortal” and the “son of man” are at the same time individuals and humankind.
Speaking of humans, the Bible sees them both as persons and as one body: Adam, Man, or Humankind. The head of this unique body is Christ, he who is to be the keystone of all creation…
No one can build himself if he has not yet sought his mission in the world. He is nothing without his brothers and sisters who struggle or vegetate in the ant-hills of the entire world.
GLORY OF GOD AND DIGNITY OF HUMANS.
The universe reveals the glory and the beauty of God.
In becoming one of us, the Son of God has put humans above all material creation and emphasized the fundamental equality of all humans.”
O Lord, our Lord,
how great is your name throughout the earth!
And your glory in the heavens above.
Even the mouths of children and infants
exalt your glory in front of your foes
and put to shame enemies and rebels.
When I observe the heavens,
the work of your hands,
the moon and the stars you set in their place –
what is the mortal that you be mindful of him,
the son of man, that you should care for him?
Yet you made him a little lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honour.
You made him rule over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet –
sheep and oxen without number
and even the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
and all that swim the paths of the ocean.
O Lord, our Lord,
how great is your name all over the earth!