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Like Father like Son

Like mother like daughter. Like father like son.

Sometimes, we see in a child the mannerisms, interests and abilities of a parent.

According to Jesus, this is what we see in his relationship with his Father “…The Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.” (John 5:19). And, “…The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father” (John 5:23).  And to those [like us] who, because they misunderstood— feared, and hated him, …“Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope” (John 5:45).

In the middle of an unfolding drama, the Son says, “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (John 5:30).

For a moment, those tightly packed words have my attention. Not only because of the ultimate resemblance they signal; and not just because— in the mirror image Jesus gives us of his Father— he gives us a radically merciful vision of divine justice and judgment; but also because—in seeing such wonder and mercy—we have a chance to reflect—the gracious mannerisms, loving interests, and presence of our Father in heaven.

 

 


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