Saturday 1 May 2021
St Joseph the Worker
Acts 13:44-52. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God – Psalm 97(98):1-4. John 14:7-14.
Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father
When people are asked about their image of God, the old man with a beard often turns up. So does the hard taskmaster, someone waiting to pounce on the slightest misdeed. Few people would quote this passage and say that, in Jesus, we have seen the Father.
Jesus spoke constantly of love. More importantly, he acted lovingly, caringly, compassionately, mercifully. He confronted those who oppressed the poor, and religious leaders for their hypocrisy.
Jesus made friends and spent time with them. He gathered close followers and taught them with endless patience. He wept. He needed time alone but rarely seemed to get any, except for nights spent in prayer. He spoke and acted with integrity, knowing that his enemies would use everything against him. He was afraid of pain, suffering and death, but continued to live for the Father and his people.
So that is what God is like.