My Thoughts 30/03/2022

This week a boy at our primary school spoke to me: “Father I have a question. How can Jesus be a human being and also God?”

If you type this question into google you get 38,700,00 results. Not all relevant of course. I was a little taken aback that he had such questions and was pleased that he was beginning to understand what we teach about Jesus. I did encourage him to keep asking the questions.

In the gospel today, the authorities listening to Jesus was very unhappy that he was talking about God as his Father. “But that only made them even more intent on killing him, because, not content with breaking the sabbath, he spoke of God as his own Father, and so made himself God’s equal”.

In this reading we get a glimpse of the Trinity which is a relationship of love that God wants to share with us. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “By sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange. (221).”

When the Jewish people were exiled in Babylon they felt that God had abandoned them. “For Zion was saying, ‘The Lord has abandoned me, the Lord has forgotten me.’Does a woman forget her baby at the breast, or fail to cherish the son of her womb? Yet even if these forget,I will never forget you.” This was the message of the Prophet Isaiah.

The tragedy of what is unfolding in Ukraine might seem to some that God has abandoned his people. The opposite is true. “The Lord is faithful in all his words and loving in all his deeds.

The Lord supports all who fall and raises all who are bowed down.” (Psalm 145)

Canon Father Anthony Charlton
Canon Father Anthony CharltonParish Priest