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Lenten reflection, day 25

Scripture readings for today: Isaiah 49:8-15; Psalm 145; John 5:17-30

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us that He and God the Father are one—that He is equal to the Father. So many wrestle with the question “What is God like?” So they list all the attributes and qualities of God.

God is all powerful, all wise, all perfect, all holy, infinite, all love. Very heady and intellectual qualities. But we can never define or comprehend God.

What we do not know of God comes to about 99 percent. God exceeds all our concepts. He is essentially mysterious.

That’s why St. Alphonsus Liguori said, “The only God we know is the God made manifest in Jesus Christ.” So if you want to know what God is like, look to Jesus.

Look to His words, His actions, His characteristics, His personal qualities. Go to the Gospels.

There we see that Jesus is a forgiver, a healer, and a lover of the underdog, the marginalized, the people on the fringe. He loved sinners. He had compassion for the multitude.

To discover what God is like, read the pages of the Gospels and meet and see Jesus in action.

That’s what God is like. Jesus and God are one and the same.

Father John McGowan, C.Ss.R.
Long Branch, N.J.

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