August 9, 2022     2:59 pm
90. Week of Quinquagesima Sunday - Friday
He that has seen Me has seen the Father
          He that has seen Me has seen the Father.   John 14:9
          Jesus wanted to comfort His disciples because of His departure. He therefore said to them: "If you had known Me, you should have known my Father also: and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." Do you understand these words, dear Christian reader? He that knows Jesus correctly also knows the Father correctly. And, in fact, the disciples now knew Jesus correctly, hence they also knew the Father. But their fear and sadness had over-powered them now and had dimmed their knowledge. Up, up! the Saviour would say, collect your thoughts! You know the Father even now, and you have seen Him. Then Philip said to Him: "Lord, show us the Father and that will be sufficient for us." Jesus said to him: "Have I been with you such a long time , and yet you have not known me, Philip? He that has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, Show us the Father? Don't you believe that I am in the Father , and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I speak not of Myself; but the Father that dwells in Me, He does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake." (John 14:7-11.)
          Do you wish, O Christian, to look into the inmost heart of God, to be really sure of Him? Look upon Jesus in the Word of Holy Scripture. When seeing Jesus, you see the Father. The Son is of one and the same essence with the Father. He is the eternal personal Word, the eternal personal image of the Father. Jesus is in the Father, and the Father is in Him. Jesus' Word is the Father's Word. Jesus' work is the Father's work. Yes, Jesus' mind is the Father's mind; Jesus' compassion is the Father's compassion; Jesus' benign goodness is the benign goodness of the Father. As Jesus receives you, sinner though you be, so the Father receives you. Oh, why do you want to see the Father? You have seen Jesus, your dear, good Saviour, in His Word: thus you have beheld and seen the Father. Why don't you rejoice? Let your heart be filled with comfort, trust, and confidence! God is your Saviour. He that has seen Jesus has seen the Father..
          PRAYER: - Lord God, Heavenly Father, I thank You with a heart filled with joy that in Your Son, Jesus Christ, You have so clearly revealed Your gracious will and Your loving heart toward us poor sinners, and I beseech You to graciously grant that I may daily increase in this knowledge, that in every temptation I may comfort myself therewith, and buoyed up with such hope, may overcome all evils that beset me, and in the end be saved. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:59 pm