“No one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him” (Matt 11:27).
I never met my Irish grandfather Martin, who died in 1921, but I knew him by the imprint he left on my own father, who was just 17 when his father passed away at age 66. My father was the youngest of 11, and his deep sense of responsibility for his mother and for the family carried forward during the rest of his life. Specially chosen to get two years of college, he managed the family business, a small gray iron castings foundry that helped support his sisters and brothers. Like his father, who was a stonecutter, my father worked hard, was as honest as the day was long and a great dreamer that his children would not suffer the privations his immigrant family had endured. My own brothers and sister bear the imprint of his outsized personality and influence.
Christian faith is all about relationships. Jesus was the icon of his Father, the face of God to the world. To know Jesus is to know the Father. The gift of their Spirit imprinted the mysterious inner life of the Trinity on the Christian community. Divinity indwells us and inspires the ever expanding web of relationships that is the church. Without having met most of our baptized brothers and sisters, living and dead, we still know them in the Holy Communion of the body of Christ, crucified and risen in the world today, God among us.
What we do with our belonging to such a big and talented family is our decision, but all the love and resources are there for us to live full and generous lives. As Jesus and the Father choose to reveal themselves to us, we can also share their love with others. So the web expands. This is true evangelization, the joy of the Gospel.