Being a child of God
In the New Testament it is used for Jesus. He was declared to be the beloved son of God at his baptism and Transfiguration. Every Christian is called to be the child of God by virtue of his or her baptism.
By Fr. Robert D’Souza
The title son of God was used for the angels in the book of Genesis. Psalms used it for the kings at their coronation: “You are my son, today I have begotten you” (Psalm 2:7).
Later on it was used for priests and prophets. In the New Testament it is used for Jesus. He was declared to be the beloved son of God at his baptism and Transfiguration. Every Christian is called to be the child of God by virtue of his or her baptism.
However, this is not simply a privilege but a responsibility as well. All those who were chosen by God had to undergo suffering and martyrdom. Jesus himself had to suffer for being the son of God.
The Satan tempted him to prove that he was the son of God. His family members wanted to seize him thinking that he has gone out of his head. His own people at Nazareth could not believe him to be the Son of God.
The disciples could not understand him. One betrayed him the other denied him and the third doubted the power of his resurrection.
The remaining abandoned him in the time of trial. In what way can I live my life as a child of God? What kind of suffering am I ready to go through for the sake of this identity of mine?
(A prolific writer Fr. Dr. Robert Baptist D’souza has been a perspicacious translator for years including the translation of the voluminous Catechism of the Catholic Church. He translated the 16 sticker books of the Living in Faith to Marathi and is busy translating the Bible into the same language. He belongs to the diocese of Vasai and is the director of the pastoral centre.)
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