St. Thomas Aquinas once said, “Only those who have charity are adopted sons of God.” (Suma Theologica, The Savior) The Lord confirms each of our adoptions by calling each to reach out to the poor and the homeless. May the Lord be praised that he gives us this opportunity! May we by the Lord’s grace, be filled with heroic acts of charity for the poor homeless and thereby follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, first Son that He is, and now we, the adopted sons and daughters of God.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus introduced us to a new word –Abba. Abba means “Father,” but a better rendering of Abba would be the word, “Daddy.” Everyone who ever lived on the earth has a father, but not everyone has a “Daddy.” A father is one of the people who is responsible for one’s very existence, but not every father takes the time or makes the effort to build a relationship with his offspring. Being “Daddy” and not just “Father” requires a special connection with the child. We respect our fathers, but we love our daddies! Saint Paul writes, "But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, 'Abba, Father.' So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir." (Galatians 4:4-7)
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