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You Are the Father

December 25, 2013

Reflection

 

I love watching Maury Povich. It always amazes me how people, who must have been so in love as to create a child, are now at odds with each other. They fight about custody, they fight about love, but mostly they fight about the child’s true paternity. My favorite part is when Maury announces who the child’s true father is by saying, “YOU ARE THE FATHER!!” and the audience explodes with applause, shock, and awe. I love how the life of a child can unify a family or tear down a weak one once the question of the child’s true paternity is answered. The child is the galvanizing force, but the “real” father’s name on the child’s birth certificate is what we’re really after and to get that, we need DNA.

 

This Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The infant, who by His own words came to divide people, even close family members, just like a segment on the Maury show. “I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.” –Matthew 10:34-35. Jesus is the galvanizing force born to us today as foretold in the readings of today, but our great hope is in His true paternity.

 

Who really is Jesus’ father? What is God’s true name?

 

The answer that has been shrouded in mystery, in an ancient cryptic language. YHWH or YHVH is His written name in Hebrew, but it seems so incomprehensible, so vast, to put on a birth certificate. So, how does the Creator of the universe make sure that you know He has fathered you?

 

Scientist Gregg Braden has made an interesting link in doing research on DNA. The DNA for all of life as we know it consists of variations of 4 basic elements: nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. If you transcribe these elements with letters from ancient Hebrew, you spell God’s name, IN DNA. This means that the precise letters of God’s ancient name are encoded into your DNA, as the genetic information in the cells that makeup your existence and all of life. So, not only did God sign your birth certificate, but he wrote His holy name into every cell of your body. So, when Maury says, “YOU ARE THE FATHER!!” know that YHWH made sure that your true paternity would never be in question.

 

By Linda and Sara Trujillo

 

 

Readings

 

Reading 1 IS 52:7-10

 

How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings glad tidings,
announcing peace, bearing good news,
announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,
“Your God is King!”

Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry,
together they shout for joy,
for they see directly, before their eyes,
the LORD restoring Zion.
Break out together in song,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
For the LORD comforts his people,
he redeems Jerusalem.
The LORD has bared his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations;
all the ends of the earth will behold
the salvation of our God.

 

Responsorial Psalm PS 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6

 

R. (3c) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
his right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.

The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.

Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
 

Reading 2 HEB 1:1-6

 

Brothers and sisters:
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways 
to our ancestors through the prophets; 
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son, 
whom he made heir of all things 
and through whom he created the universe,
who is the refulgence of his glory,
the very imprint of his being,
and who sustains all things by his mighty word.
When he had accomplished purification from sins,
he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
as far superior to the angels
as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say:
You are my son; this day I have begotten you?
Or again:
I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me?
And again, when he leads the firstborn into the world, he says:
Let all the angels of God worship him.
 

Gospel JN 1:1-18

 

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God. 
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light, 
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God, 
to those who believe in his name, 
who were born not by natural generation 
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision 
but of God.
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying, 
“This was he of whom I said, 
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me 
because he existed before me.’”
From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses, 
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, 
has revealed him.

Tags: you are the father, maury show, maury, dna, hebrew, hebrew ancient language, name of god, god, birth certificate

Comments

Linda Trujillo  |  Los Angeles  |  December 26, 2013  |  2:33 PM

Thank you for your comment.  I love knowing that I come from stardust!

This was such a fun project to do!  I really want to thank you for letting me participate.  I had a great time doing it, and I look forward to doing more of this kind of thing in the future. 

Maybe another online project we can do is to have people write something about how the Saint Agatha's community has changed their faith or improved their life - meaning, how has Saint Agatha's touched you?

I was thinking about that this weekend because I brought someone with me to Christmas mass.  It was his first Catholic mass ever, and having gone to other churches and literally been turned away, he was very concerned about being accepted and being "allowed" to go to mass.  I assured him that Saint Agatha's is a very WELCOMING community - that the people there are not only very friendly, but also accepting.  He had a wonderful experience, and actually asked on the way home how someone would go about becoming a Catholic at Saint Agatha's!  I truly want to thank everyone for, well, just being yourselves!!  A little kindness made such a huge difference to my friend.  Thank you and Merry Christmas!


Fr. Bill  |  LA  |  December 25, 2013  |  3:50 PM

I remember taking a class on "new theology in dialogue with quantum physics," and our professor remarking that all human life is a variation on the carbon atom...then he asked us, "Do you know where carbon comes from?" Of course we didn't. He said, "It comes from exploding stars as they die into something else." So, each of us is "star dust," made from that which formed the light of billions of galaxies long gone from sight, but present in our waking consciousness. What a wonderful reflection you've given us, Sarah and Linda, for our meditation on the feast of the Birth of the Light of the World. Thank you!

AND, thank ALL of you who have been participating in our Parish Advent Retreat--especially those who were brave enough to submit thoughts for us, but also those who were brave enough to respond to those reflections. Our Sunday Visitor has kept track of the "hits," and apparently over 350 have been checking in more or less daily, with over 500 checking in now and then. Only a few of us were brave enough to write our own responses to the reflecions in the "comment section," but maybe next time, we'll be braver! Anyway, it was a good "first attempt," wtih people participating from all over California, 20 different states in the USA, and 5 people from 4 other nations (with the USA, 5 nations!) Let's think about what we would like to do next ON-LINE, OK? I'll be awating your ideas.

Peace,

Fr. Bill


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