“Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.”
Depending on God
In everything Jesus does, whether he’s breaking bread with friends or whether he’s healing or he’s teaching and preaching, in everything he does he often stops and gives thanks and acknowledges his Father.
-Br. Jim Woodrum
This week we’ve been exploring the theme of intimacy with the Father. When praying with this theme, I couldn’t help but to think of a family photograph I recently found on a trip home, one that my mom took. And, in the picture, my dad is standing before the bathroom mirror with shaving cream on his face and a razor, and is shaving his face. And standing right next to him is me on a stool with shaving cream all over my face and a plastic razor, mimicking everything he’s doing and obviously delighted at the fact that I’m shaving my face with dad.
The photograph is endearing, but it also points to this intimate moment between father and son, a moment of love and tenderness, which we almost feel like we shouldn’t be looking at, because it points to this very intimate life, this inner life that most people don’t see outside the home. I often think that Jesus’ relationship with his Father was just like this. And, we often see throughout the gospels that in everything Jesus does, whether he’s breaking bread with friends or whether he’s healing or he’s teaching and preaching, in everything he does he often stops and gives thanks and acknowledges his Father, through whom he is extending his very ministry and mission.
He even alludes to this in John 5:19 when he says, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does the Son does likewise.” So, what does this mean for us? Well, I would say that Jesus desires relationship, an intimate relationship with us, just as he enjoys a relationship with his Father. And that this relationship he wants from us is one that extends from his Father as a continuance of that love.
And so, we have to take some moments in our prayer life to develop this relationship with Jesus, to spend some time alone, perhaps in the morning with a cup of coffee; to sit with Jesus in silence and perhaps out of that then to express your hopes and your fears, your joys, the ways in which you suffer or worry, and to share that with Jesus, so that we can be assured that he knows what’s on our heart and he can assure us of his presence with us in all that we undertake and that his love will actually guide us and show us what we need to do in the moment, if we’ll just take that moment and develop that relationship with Jesus in intimacy.