Holy Trinity Church
From the Pastor
Why do we call priests, “Father”? Jesus reminded us that the true father for all people is God the Father who is in heaven. No one should usurp that place or title. God is the final and ultimate source of all authority. But Jesus did not mean to cancel the word from our speech. Many people share in the fatherhood of God. Father means one who gives life. Fathers of families do it. Religious communities receive spiritual life through baptism and the other sacraments and thus the priest gives life, acts as father.
Jesus said, “For God commanded, Honor your father and mother.” (Matthew 14:4) Again He
said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.” (Matthew 19:5) He likewise calls Abraham a father, “Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56)
We must be careful to watch the meaning of words. Used with respect for the generation of life, FATHER is an accurate and polite expression. Used with arrogance and defiance of God, it is hurtful. Our best use of the word is in the Lord’s Prayer when we address OUR FATHER.