This quote is taken from the CCC, paragraph 460, which states:
460 The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature”:“For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.” “For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.” “The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.”
This is somewhat confusing to me. Did Christ become man so that we might become a *son * of God, or God Himself? The last statement reminded me somewhat of the Mormon doctrine about men becoming gods, and thus I was surprised to find it in the cathecism.
795 Christ and his Church thus together make up the “whole Christ” (Christus totus). The Church is one with Christ. The saints are acutely aware of this unity:
Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians, but Christ himself. Do you understand and grasp, brethren, God’s grace toward us? Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ. For if he is the head, we are the members; he and we together are the whole man. . . . The fullness of Christ then is the head and the members. But what does “head and members” mean? Christ and the Church.
Our redeemer has shown himself to be one person with the holy Church whom he has taken to himself.
Head and members form as it were one and the same mystical person.
A reply of St. Joan of Arc to her judges sums up the faith of the holy doctors and the good sense of the believer: “About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they’re just one thing, and we shouldn’t complicate the matter.”
When I read this, the statement “we have become Christ” made perfect sense to me, and then I wondered if perhaps that is what was meant back in paragraph 460. I am still confused as to what it means when it states that we might become gods, so I wanted to see if anyone could clarify this for me so that I may better understand my Faith and also to be able to explain it to others. Thank you so much for your help!