Thought of the day
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saturday of the Twenty-sixth week in Ordinary Time

“Everything has been given over to me by my Father.”

No one can know the Father without the Word of God, that is to say, unless the Son reveals him, nor can anyone know the Son without the Father wanting it. The Son fulfills this desire of the Father’s, for the Father sends him, whereas the Son is sent and comes. The Father is utterly invisible and unlimited in relationship to us, and his Word makes him known. And as inexpressible as he is, his Word expresses him. Reciprocally, only the Father knows the Word…

The Word reveals God the Creator already by means of creation. Through the world, the Word reveals the Lord who put the world in order; through what has been shaped, the Word reveals the Artist who shaped it, and through the Son, the Word reveals the Father who begot him. Many agree on this, but nevertheless all do not believe. Similarly, the Word announced itself and announced the Father through the Law and the prophets: the whole people heard, but nevertheless, not all believed. Finally, through the intervention of the Word become visible and palpable (1 Jn 1:1), the Father showed himself, and even if not everyone believed in him that did not mean that the Father was less visible in the Son (Jn 14:9)…

So when the Son serves the Father, he leads all things to their perfection from the beginning until the end, and without him no one can know God… Since the beginning, the Son, who is present to the work he shaped, reveals the Father to all for whom the Father wants and when he wants and as he wants. Everywhere and always, there is only one God the Father, only one Word, only one Spirit, and only one salvation for everyone who believes in him.

Saint Irenaeus of Lyons