Why We Dare to Call God “Father” (Sat. July 24)

The word of the day is “Father.”  In the Orthodox Divine Liturgy, the priest introduces the Lord’s Prayer with a statement that echoes today’s reading of Romans 8:14-21.  He exclaims, “And make us worthy, O Master, that with boldness and without condemnation we may call on thee, the heavenly God as Father and to say…” (St-Tikhon’s 1984).  In today’s reading, Paul explains, “But you received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry out ‘Abba, Father’” (St-Tikhon’s 1984, 75).  How is it that we dare to call the Almighty God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, as “Father”?  Today we will find the reasons for the way we address God.  We will find these justifications in Jesus’ teaching and the…