Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Profiling God

Both the readings put together, we have a beautiful profile of God, with both the maternal and the paternal in God. Through Isaiah, God speaks as a Mother—the one who nurses us at her breast, comforts, takes pity on us, thinks of us always. In the Gospel Jesus speaks of God as the Father—the one who, out of love for the son, models behavior for the son, teaches him how to do things, delegates, empowers, wants the son to take over responsibilities; who delights when others honor his son. And, in Jesus, we have the perfect profile of a son/daughter, who delights in being loved; who loves, respects, obeys, learns from the Father, and gives him honor for everything one has received. Jesus has such a secure attachment to the Father that he is eager to share with us his sonship so that his Father will be our Father as well.

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