This morning I was at daily Mass. We prayed the Mass in honor of Saint JoseMaria Escriva. The second reading according to my booklet was Romans 8:14-16.
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”
I read that before Mass. I picked my head up from the reading as a lovely family of 5 arrived to sit a few rows ahead of me.
The dad and two boys filed in, the mom and then a pre-teen girl. The girl was the last to arrive, instead of sitting on the outside, she sidesteps past her mom and brothers to sit next to her dad. There is no room. Dad reaches down instinctively to move the books in the pew to make a place for her to sit next to him.
She squeezes in, cuddles up right next to her dad. He reaches down to hold her hand. She curls her arm under his and lays her head down on his shoulder. This is my daddy, my abba Father. It is here under his wing I feel loved and safe.
Such a beautiful image of the relationship that God is calling us to as our, “Abba, father!”
‘Come, my daughter, my son’, He calls to us. He will move whatever He need, to have you be next to Him. Come sit with Him, reach for Him, lay your head on His shoulder.
A ‘Spirit of Adoption’ makes us the children of God. That is the challenge today. Set aside a minute to go and sit with your ‘Abba Father”, lay your head on His shoulder and feel the love that resides there. He is making a place for you!