June 17, 2021

But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted from a sincere and pure commitment to Christ. For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).

Who is this Jesus the Apostles preached? This is an important question. It seems that there are many versions of Jesus “out there.” When we make Jesus to our own image and likeness, we distort our image of God. Trying to avoid the pain from our wounds, we make up a “vanilla God,” a God who is easier to put up with, one who won’t challenge us too much. But Jesus came to reveal to us the face, not of an impersonal God, but of the Father. “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8).

Your Father… Our Father… These words are painful for so many of us. But this is precisely the place Jesus comes to touch, to heal, to love. God is the Father of the fatherless (Psalm 68:6). He is infinite mercy and justice. Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth (Responsorial Psalm). This means that the greater our need for a father, the greater our claim to his paternal care. The more difficult it is for us to think of God as Father, the more we need to call out Abba!

You have received a spirit of adoption as sons through which we cry: Abba! Father! (Romans 8:15). This is the Jesus the Apostles preached, the one we encounter in the Eucharist, the face of the Father who loves us.

Let us pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:9-13)


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About Ivonne Hernandez

Ivonne is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday, Florida.