“Woman, why are you weeping?” the Risen Lord asks Mary Magdalene. I hope you enjoy this Easter video meditation on John 20:11-18!
Whether or not we accept God’s Name, all of us share it. So why does it feel awkward to say “my Father” in public?
“Every Being In The Universe” – KPAX, 2001
What does it mean to accept God’s Name? Many faiths tell us the Name is ours by birthright. Why, then, does it seem odd to assert direct lineage to God, and much more proper to take a human father’s name?
“Because you offend those who don’t believe what you believe,” the human world explains. I see. So it’s better to cast aside our heavenly Father? By itself, belief in a creator is not religion. What’s more, most of us freely use the phrase, “child of God.” But imagine telling someone in the grocery store what your Father in heaven said to you last night. See the problem? Maybe, when we accept God’s Name as a normal everyday thing for ourselves, others might also. Someone asked us to do this a while back. And he didn’t seem particularly concerned about offending anyone.
“…and do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”