“I do nothing of myself”

The relationship of the Father and the Son in the depths of the Trinity is beyond our unaided understanding. This is why the mystery of the Blessed Trinity was not revealed until the Incarnation of the Word, the Only Begotten Son. In him we are able to see the relationship between the Father and the Son in human terms; and because we can see the constant turning of the Son’s human mind and will toward the Father, we are able to learn from it what true sonship, true childlikeness, is. Above all, the mystery of this relationship is revealed in the Son’s accepting and completing the task which his Father gave him to do on earth. For by accomplishing it, especially in his Passion and Death, he shows what it means to be Son of God…. We can see from the beginning that every detail of our Lord’s life was part of his task, and its completion was the most perfect glorification of the Father. That task took thirty years to be brought to its fulfilment, and all this time it was the nourishment of our Lord’s soul: My food is to do the will of the one who sent me, and to complete his work, he tells his disciples (Jn 4:34). We can never plumb the utmost depths of our Master’s desire to glorify his Father by doing his will, for we know it is the very expression of his infinite Sonship. Christ himself is the glory of God, that is, the revelation of what God is, for the benefit of his adopted children. His very being glorifies the Father, for he is the Son, the radiant light of God’s glory and the perfeet copy of his nature (He 1:3). All Christ is, as God and man, and everything in his life, teaches us something more about God, and thus radiates and manifests the glory of the Trinity. But the supreme moment of Christ’s glorification of the Father, in his utter loving submission as Son, was when he bowed his head and gave up his soul from the cross, saying: It is accomplished Father Bonaventure Perquin, OP

Father Perquin (1970) was a Dominican priest, theologian, and spiritual writer 

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