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Liturgical day: Saturday 6th of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 16, 23-28): Jesus said to his disciples, «(…) Truly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my Name, He will give you, for the Father himself loves you because you have loved me (…)».

The divine filiation

Fr. Xavier ROMERO i Galdeano
(Cervera, Lleida, Spain)

Today, vigil of our Lord's Ascension into Heaven, the Gospel leaves us with some very fond farewell words. Jesus let us share his most precious mystery; God Father is his origin and, at the same time, his destination. “He, who” the Jews name God is who sent Jesus to us; He is, therefore, the Father to those who believe.

But Jesus' Divine filiation also reminds us of another important thing for our lives: those baptized into Christ are sons of God through the Holy Spirit. And this hides a most beautiful mystery for us: this adoptive fatherhood by God towards us is different of human adoption insofar it has a true foundation in each one of us, as it implies a new birth. Consequently, he who has been accepted in the great Divine Family is no longer a stranger to it.

—Grant us, almighty God, the gift of a blessed joy and the rejoicing of a burning thanksgiving, for the Ascension into the heavens of Christ, your Son, also is our glory.