Sunday, August 26, 2018

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 515 – Part II.

YOUCAT Question n. 515 - Part II. Where do we get the confidence to call God “Father”?

(Youcat answer repeated) We can be so bold as to address God as Father because Jesus has called us to a close relationship with himself and made us children of God. In communion with him, “who is in the bosom of the Father” (Jn 1:18), we are privileged to cry, “Abba, Father!”   

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 2778) This power of the Spirit who introduces us to the Lord's Prayer is expressed in the liturgies of East and of West by the beautiful, characteristically Christian expression: parrhesia, straightforward simplicity, filial trust, joyous assurance, humble boldness, the certainty of being loved (Cf. Eph 3:12; Heb 3:6; 4:16; 10:19; 1 Jn 2:28; 3:21; 5:14). (CCC 2798) We can invoke God as "Father" because the Son of God made man has revealed him to us. Jn this Son, through Baptism, we are incorporated and adopted as sons of God.    

Reflecting and meditating 

(CCC Comment)

(CCC 2799) The Lord's Prayer brings us into communion with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. At the same time it reveals us to ourselves (cf. GS 22 § 1). (CCC 2800) Praying to our Father should develop in us the will to become like him and foster in us a humble and trusting heart.   

(The next question is: How can people say “Father” to God if they have been tormented or abandoned by their earthly father / their earthly parents?)

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