Scripture: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).
Reflection: "To us a Son is given." The Mystery of The Trinity is revealed to us. One inseparable God in three Divine Persons. Within the person of Jesus Christ we experience God The Father, the One who sent Him. Jesus is sent into the world to save the world from sin and eternal death, and so we see within Him an eternal Father who wants us back ... who wants to restore us to wholeness. We see a Good Father, a Loving Father, a Merciful Father, an Everlasting Father.
When God The Father, our Creator made us we rejected Him and because of that sin entered the world and the human heart. But here He comes to us again in Jesus, calling us back, and with the authority to now cleanse us from our sin through the Blood of His Son on the Cross. He then pours out His own Spirit upon us in Baptism, giving us a share in His Divine Life once again. We see in this that God is a tender and compassionate Father, who continues to call us to Trust Him. He has no ulterior motive. He just wants to Love us, and wants us to share in His Divine Love - forever!
Questions: Do I think of God as a good and tender Father? What does the word "Father" mean to me? Is it possible that I compare God to other fathers? Am I willing to see things differently, from God's perspective? What areas of my heart needs a Father's Love?
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, you are truly my Father, my Creator, my God. I love you and I want to know you better, in a real and meaningful way. Through your Son, Jesus Christ, whom you sent into the world for my sake, I can have an actual relationship with you. In my heart and in my spirit, in all that I do, be with me. Pour out your Love upon me, and heal all areas of my heart that need a gentle Father's touch. Help me to open my heart to you God The Father, in a new way. In Jesus' name.
Join us again tomorrow for another spiritual reflection. May God Bless you, and everyone near and dear to you.