“Whoever sees me sees the one who sent me” ~ John 12:44
During the Easter Season, we hear the Gospel of John proclaimed.
This Gospel is often difficult for me to get my head around—its beauty stirs my heart, but I am often left wondering what it means. Thank the good Lord we have the gift of the Church, and that the Church has given us the Catechism of the Catholic Church to deepen our faith.
In the Catechism [§§ 240-242] we read:
Jesus revealed that God is “Father” in an unheard-of sense: he is Father not only in being Creator; he is eternally Father by his relationship to his only Son who, reciprocally, is Son only in relation to his Father: “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Mt 11:27).
For this reason the apostles confess Jesus to be the Word: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1); as “the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15); as the “radiance of the glory of God and the very stamp of his nature” (Heb 1:3).
Following this apostolic tradition, the Church confessed at the first ecumenical council at Nicaea (A.D. 325) that the Son is “consubstantial” with the Father, that is, one only God with him. The second ecumenical council, held at Constantinople in 381, kept this expression in its formulation of the Nicene Creed and confessed “the only-begotten Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made, consubstantal with the Father”.
As we continue to celebrate Easter, let us continue to contemplate the great mystery and joy which we have been invited to share in—the life of the Holy
Love and Peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan