Revealing the Father

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Our first reading today is from Isaiah 11. “On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” This is a prophecy about how the Messiah, Jesus, would descend from the line of David. (Jesse was David’s father.) We’ll see this reading again as we draw closer to Christmas.

In the Gospel reading today from Luke 10, Jesus says, “No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” That begs the question: To whom does the Son wish to reveal the Father? I believe that the answer to that is everyone.

Jesus is the revelation of the Father. When we look upon Jesus, we see God. Jesus has revealed to humanity who the Father is. As we know, not everyone accepts this. It was so in the time of Jesus, and still is so today. I believe that part of our job on earth is to help others to recognize God the Father, through the Son, Jesus Christ. As Jesus has revealed the Father to you, so you must reveal the Father to others. How do we do that best? By imitating Jesus. I know…easier said than done. Are you up for it?

Father, we thank you for revealing yourself to us through your Son, Christ Jesus. May we help others to recognize you, Lord, by showing them your grace and mercy. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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