Jesus answered the Jews:
"My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.
Jesus answered and said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for what he does, the Son will do also. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself. And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.
"I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”
Recently, PAPA members were given the opportunity to take part in a three day Retreat “Give Me Your Heart” with Father Michael, our Spiritual Director. We learned about the Seven Seas of PAPA (7 C’s of Communication).
3. Connect .
7. Consecrate what we create, to the Lord.
As I read this Gospel reading, I couldn’t help but be in awe at the effectiveness of Communication between God the Father, and His Son, Jesus. Jesus and His Father have seamless communication skills. They communicate (Jesus prays to His Father), then Jesus has contact because he took the time to communicate. Jesus and The Father then can connect ("For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed.”) After a connection has been made, They can converse and make plans. These plans would include how Jesus and the Father will commune with each other. ("For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself.") Then They create through the Word of God. God’s Word gives life. Here in the Gospel it also says, “…as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes.” And Jesus, by not seeking His own Will, but the Will of the One Who sent Him, consecrates all to His Heavenly Father.
Do you think these Seven Seas (C’s) would work in the workplace or in the home? How about in our own relationships? Could our Priests benefit from this? Where else can we take this Communication technology?
Actively using the PAPA Seven Seas (Seven C’s) has helped me to create this reflection. There are many ways we can use the PAPA Seven Seas. Try them for yourself and see what the C’s help you to create.
Pray that our Priests can communicate with Jesus and have the skills they need to communicate with the people they minister to on a daily basis. Pray that all Priests follow Jesus’ example.
God bless us all!