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Jul 25th, 2016 by Robin Murray

Reflection: July 24

When you pray, say Father.” With these words, Jesus invites us into the divine family.  What good news!  Flawed as we are, we are invited into intimacy with God, to be part of God’s Commonwealth of Love.   The God who is “our father” is not a neutral, impassive God.   This is an active God, who takes an interest in the success of his children – who loves them, yet gives them room to grow, learn, and make mistakes. Also, as we pray this name, “father”, together, we are invited to become brothers and sisters to Jesus and to one another.  What good news, indeed!

As we, in the United Church of Canada, strive to consciously use more gender neutral names for God, this name “Father” is problematic for some people.  We know that God is neither male nor female. Two thousand years ago, when Jesus first spoke these words, he spoke them in Aramaic, and unfortunately, the earliest manuscripts of the book of Luke that we have are all written in Greek. New Testament Scholars generally agree, however, that the original word Jesus used was “Abba”, which perhaps translates more accurately into contemporary English as “Daddy” or “Papa”, than it does “Father”.  

We could try to use the word “parent”, but that doesn’t have the same connotation as the word “Abba” or “Daddy”.  For those of us who had (or still have) loving, caring devoted fathers growing up, the prayer invites us into intimate relation with a God who loves us completely. For those who had absent or even violent fathers growing up, the prayer invites us to let God be the Daddy you wish you had. We are all invited to be held in God’s loving arms and to feel safe »»

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