Friday, July 11, 2008

Remaining in Communication with the Father

Gentlemen, the journey of Sonship to Manhood to Fatherhood is not as complicated as it seems. And what I will be doing here in these weeks-months ahead is guiding you along this journey — sure with some practical steps and credible principles. Now, that journey we will be walking is your venture in sonship as grounded in your relationship with your heavenly Father. Jesus Christ provides the full and intense example.

While Our Lord walked this earth He was always in communion with His Heavenly Father. Not simply an awareness of presence, but a fullness of vision. This is a certitude of faith. While we cannot expect this fullness of vision on earth, nonetheless, ours is to strive for an open communion—as ongoing as we can get it. The connection between the Father and the Son was one of perfect communion wherein their knowledge of each other was intimate. “All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son…” (Mt 11:27). Each Divine Person knows the other thoroughly; this is the ideal for every father and son.

For us, the secret to this communion with the Heavenly Father is to commence dialogue with him as a son. It is we who have to take the initiative. The Father is doing His part, we need only to dispose ourselves to receive him; and this conversation we must commence in the quiet of our hearts. “But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Mt 6:6-8). Each man is only to engage in this trek of personal conversation with the Heavenly Father, and talk to Him as a son. And it is not your needs or amount of words which secures communion, just your openness to receiving Him and getting to know Him. This will reassure that all your needs will be met as a son.

My brothers, you need to give some quiet time to our Lord. You need to be quiet; He needs to do some – maybe most -- of the talking. Yes, it is tough to close the door to your world, and face your heart… listen to your soul… yeah, there are allot of things we need to face: the good, the bad, the ugly…. But the most important thing to face is your Heavenly Father, and talk to Him. This is vital in your journey of sonship. So stop today, take the time, reach out to Him with your heart…. And listen. And then do this again, tomorrow… and the day after….