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  • The blog header depicts an important and yet mis-understood New Testament scene, Jesus flogging the money-changers out of the temple. I selected it because the faith that gives us consolation can also make us very uncomfortable. Both Divine Mercy and Divine Justice meet in Jesus. Priests are ministers of reconciliation, but never at the cost of truth. In or out of season, we must be courageous in preaching and living out the Gospel of Life. The title of my blog is a play on words, not Flogger Priest but Blogger Priest.

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God’s Fatherly Concern

Luke 11:5-13 has Jesus pointing toward the natural relationship of fatherhood as self-reflective of the Heavenly Father’s love. It begins by speaking of the Christian’s obligation to be charitable, even when it is inconvenient and difficult to do so. However, it then switches gears somewhat and refers to the kindness of earthly fathers to their children. This passage ends with the sentence, “If you, with all your sins, know how to give your children good things, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” Throughout the long history of the Church, it may be that we sometimes took the analogy too far in imaging God above as a stern, vengeful, and punishing Father. It is true that while he is a just Father, he is also merciful. There is something self-reflective about this most special Fatherhood. In his love we see something of who we are to be as fathers (and mothers) to one another. Conversely, in our love as Christians we need to find something of God’s fatherly concern for us. It is interesting to note that Christ uses the most familiar of relationships to reveal something of the God we follow. In the order of grace, Christ makes us adopted sons and daughters to the Father and shows us that he cares about us. In Christ’s relationship to us, we are reminded of the analogy of Christ as the groom and the Church as his bride. Between the pages of these two relationships, the whole story of salvation is written.

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