Children of the Father
March 14, 2018
4th Week of Lent
Gospel: Jn 5:17–30
Jesus said to the Jews, “My Father goes on working and so do I.” And the Jews tried all the harder to kill him, for Jesus not only broke the Sabbath observance, but also made himself equal with God, calling him his own Father.
Jesus said to them, “Truly, I assure you, the Son cannot do anything by himself, but only what he sees the Father do. And whatever he does, the Son also does. The Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does; and he will show him even greater things than these, so that you will be amazed.
“As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills. In the same way the Father judges no one, for he has entrusted all judgment to the Son, and he wants all to honor the Son as they honor the Father. Whoever ignores the Son, ignores as well the Father who sent him.
“Truly, I say to you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; and there is no judgment for him because he has passed from death to life. Truly, the hour is coming and has indeed come, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and, on hearing it, will live. For the Father has life in himself and he has given to the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
Jesus’ practice of calling Yahweh “Father” was considered blasphemous by the Jews because it was tantamount to claiming equality with God. But in calling God “Father”, Jesus did not intend to claim such equality with Him. In his Letter to the Philippians, St. Paul wrote: “Though he was in the form of God Jesus did not deem equality with God…” (Phil. 2:6-8). It was pure filial devotion that Jesus addressed God as Father.
God is our Father too. “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). But the privilege to call God “Father” imposes the responsibility of behaving like children of the light (see Luke 20:36). How sad that many of those who call God “Father” create a dark nook for a hideout by making compromises with the devil! – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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