Capsule for the Day
Failure to grasp the Fatherhood of God
"At the root of the fall", St. John Paull II said, "is our failure to grasp the Fatherhood of God". Whenever any generation experiences crisis, the failure to grasp fatherhood has always been the cause. But how we can understand fatherhood when we have not been fathered by Our Father? This is the point. It was the problem with Adam and Eve.
Genesis 3 narrates a story of the Tempter who has refused to be fathered but lured Adam and Eve to follow in his ways. He wants to be a father but he doesn't want to be fathered; to be named, guided, mentored and sent. Adam and Eve fell for him because of what he offered them, the end result "you will be like God, a father, your own leader".
We all like the end result, but the process is our nightmare. We hate the process because it demands something of us. It demands responsibility and accountability. It demands submission. It demands being told what to do. It demands being children when we actually want to be parents. The root of all this is our resistance to be fathered by God.
Fr. Francis Afu