The Eternal Father
Name: The Eternal Father
Date: 1 January
The entire life of the Father in the Holy Trinity is to “speak” His Son, His Word; it is to engender,by a unique, simple and eternal act, a Son resembling Himself, to whom He communicates theplenitude of His Being and His perfections. In this Word, infinite like Himself, in this unique andeternal Word, the Father never ceases to recognize His Son, His own image, “the splendor of Hisglory”. This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased. These words, pronounced on MountTabor at the time of the Transfiguration, are the greatest revelation God has made to the earth;they are an echo of the very life of the Father. The Father, in His character of Father, lives byengendering His Son; this generation has neither beginning nor end. In eternity we will beholdwith astonishment, admiration and love, that procession of the Son engendered in the bosom ofthe Father, procession which is eternal: Thou art My Son; this day I have engendered Thee. Thetoday is the perpetual present of eternity.
It is an excellent thing in the spiritual life to keep before the eyes of the heart, this testimony of theFather; nothing is more powerful to sustain our faith. And let us then say, “Yes, Father, I believeit, and I want to repeat it: this Jesus who is in me through faith, through grace, through HolyCommunion, is Your Son. Because You have said it, I believe it. And because I believe it, I adoreYour Son, to render Him my homage and through Him, in Him, to render to You also, OHeavenly Father, in union with Your Spirit, all honor and all glory.” Such a prayer is veryagreeable to our Father in heaven; when it is true, pure and frequent, it makes us the object of theFather’s love. God envelops us in the complacency which He finds in His own Son Jesus. It is OurLord Himself who tells us so: “The Father loves you, because you have believed that I have comefrom Him” — that I am His Son. What happiness for a soul to be the object of the Father’s love,this Father “from whom every perfect gift comes down” to rejoice hearts!