Father Ricardo's Column

In the Old Testament’s Book of Exodus, Moses asks
God: “Show me your glory!” (33:18). God answers:
“My face you cannot see, for no human being can see
me and survive” (33,20).

The Father cannot be shown. God lives in inaccessible
light (1Tim 6, 16). “Nobody has ever seen God” (1Jn 4,
12). And yet Philip asks: “Show us the Father, and then
we shall be satisfied!” (Jn 14:8). Jesus answers, “Those
who accept my commandments and obey them ... I shall
love them and reveal myself to them” (Jn 14:21).

God the Father reveals himself and his glory through the
love of Jesus. Jesus reveals himself through his loving
service to the plan and purpose of God. Any person who
observes the commandment to love his neighbor (Jn
15,17) shows his love for Jesus and, therefore, the
Father. The Father manifests himself in love.

The manifestation of the Father occurs in the heart of
humanity. The person who practices love transforms his
or her life into a gift for others. That person may
espouse any religion, belong to any class or race. The
practice of love gives each one a profound peace. In
love, they exude a great joy as they succeed in living and
bearing their neighbor’s and their own pain and
suffering. Those who practice love reflect their Creator,
the Father. Those who love are “the image and likeness”
of God. Jesus explains, “I and the Father will come to
him and make our home in him.”

In the popular Broadway play, Les Miserables, Jean
Valjean has converted his life, formed his conscience
and found an orientation for the problems that plagued
him. Valjean sings his commitment to his way of life
and the wonderful consequence. His words are a
paraphrase of John 14. “To love another person is to see
the face of God.”

Father Ricardo