Alleluia, alleluia. If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, says the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia. (John 8:31b-32)
The Father is in Jesus
From now on you do know him and have seen him.” and that will be enough for us.”
I didn’t learn much about God growing up Catholic in the fifties. I spent most of my catechetical youth learning how to dodge the grip of Sister Frumetius. That woman had hands big enough to palm a basketball. Most often, however, she would simply palm my face. I used to come home with her fingerprints on my cheeks. She’d squeeze my mouth into fish lips while she screamed at me. The secret to surviving catechism with Sister Frumentius was getting the answers to the questions right.
So I did learn that we were created to know God, love God, and serve God. It must be important, then, for us to get to know Jesus, because if we know him, we know God. So I try to spend some of my time and money studying the gospel, serving the poor, comforting the sick, feeding the hungry, visiting prisoners, and so on. For as often as we do that for them, we do it for him. That’s how we get to know Jesus and, through him, God.
Jesus, you reveal God to us through your own self. You show us through your words and actions. O Lord, may we become like you and reach out in compassion to the needy so that we may join you in your union with God.
Look for God today in someone you might consider to be poor and lowly. Get to know that person better. Think about what you learned.
Credits: Fr. Paul Boudreau, Between Sundays
Silencing/Thought for the Day
“We want to give our children what we didn’t have; but let’s make sure we give them what we did have: our faith.” ~ Anonymous
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