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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Jesus does not say I am the Father

                       28th April, 2018

One unforgettable historical epoch in the life of the Church was the time she had to struggle to explain certain facts about the Trinity and Jesus Christ in particular. One of the misread passages appealed to by heretics who propagated modalism: the idea that God is just a person appearing in different forms, is Jn 14:7-14 where the Lord says: to have seen me is to have seen the Father. The heretics interpreted this to mean Jesus is the Father as well as the Son. This is far from it. The Lord does not say I am the Father. He states clearly that he is returning to the Father. So, no room for misinterpretation.

But essentially, the Lord gives us the courage that we can have requests granted if we make them to the Father in his name. Thus, a genuine Christian tradition makes requests in the name of Jesus, as different from what we have today when people begin prayer in Jesus' name even when they have not asked for anything.

In the first reading, Acts 13:44-52, St Paul continues his missionary adventure, which is a course every Christian must champion, despite the certainty of hostility.
God loves you! God bless you!
                 THE ENDURING WORD

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