Tuesday 1 December 2020
Isaiah 11:1-10. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever – Psalm 71(72):1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17. Luke 10:21-24.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father
When I first made the Spiritual Exercises, back in 1980, the great grace of the retreat was a new awareness of God as Father. I had a deep sense of having a Father who loved and cared for me. This persisted for years.
About five years later, I was making an eight-day retreat at a retreat centre. Each afternoon, I would walk for an hour around the area. Walking through a wooded area, I suddenly thought ‘Oh, you know about the Father’. I realised I could talk to Jesus about who the Father was to me. I became aware of Jesus living for the Father and that I could live with Jesus for the Father. The Father had revealed Jesus to me, and Jesus, in turn had deepened my knowledge of the Father. That became my dominant way of living.