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A Companion of Jesus

Fatherhood.

I never really knew my Father that well. It wasn’t that he was an absent father or didn’t love us. It was more that I never really had the chance of getting to know him that well, as he worked all day and when at home which was rare, he was a quiet and retiring man who read Fulton Sheen and watched his football, boxing and western films. My father wasn’t a practical sought of guy, or at least never showed that side and most of the ‘handyman’ jobs were done by our mother. So my picture of fatherhood is somewhat bent……

Jesus, never did anything other than that which he saw his Father do.. The two were so completely one that to have seen Jesus, you would have seen the Father. His revelation of the Father was something unheard of and revolutionary to the religious Jew and yet something wonderfully freeing for others. Yahweh to the religious Jew, was known as a Holy and unapproachable God whilst the Abba of Jesus was an intimate, loving, all embracing Dad. A Father who sought-out the lost and welcomed into His presence the impure and unclean sinners. The Pharisees picture of fatherhood was somewhat bent……

Paul in his letter to the Ephesians speaks of “the Father from whom all fatherhood” takes its title (Eph 3.15) Recently, I saw a young father (in his late teens) carrying his baby daughter in his arms whilst out shopping and my heart went out to them both, child and father, for we live in a day that has sullied the image of God and bent the image of fatherhood so that fathers are no longer deemed necessary for the family unit….

This then is what I pray for all fathers everywhere, “kneeling before the Father, from whom every fatherhood, in heaven or on earth, takes its name. In the abundance of his glory may he, through his Spirit, enable you to grow firm in power with regard to your inner self, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love, with all God’s holy people you will have the strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth; so that, knowing the love of Christ, which is beyond knowledge, you may be filled with the utter fullness of God. Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory be to him from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3. 14 – 21)

Michael Daly
Living Loved
October 2009

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October 10, 2009 - Posted by | Thoughts

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