Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Holy Father: July 25

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Holy Father: July 25

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JULY 25

Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19); Luke 11:1-13

In our history of covenant, we have communicated with God in very different ways. Today, Abraham and Jesus show us two different and beautiful examples of our relationship: as a partner in dialogue and as a loving father. Both portray a God who seeks our involvement and opinion and who wants us to know how deeply we are cherished.

When God tells Abraham that the population of Sodom and Gomorrah must be destroyed, Abraham bargains for their lives and convinces God to spare the people in the event that a few righteous remain. He dialogues persuasively but respectfully; God shows Abraham the same respect by listening to his opinion and eventually changing the plan.

In Luke's gospel, Jesus teaches the disciples a different way of communicating with God, His prayer presents God as Father, a detail that theologian Richard Rohr finds significant, for the male image of God "is the area where we need the most healing and the most faith: to see that the masculine side of God is also love and love-for-you. …

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