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St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Acts 12:24—13:5
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
John 12:44-50

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“The Father Who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to speak. Since I know that His commandment means eternal life, whatever I say is spoken just as He instructed Me.” —John 12:49-50

When we say we believe in Jesus, we are believing not only in Him but also in God the Father (Jn 12:44). When we see Jesus, we see the Father (Jn 12:45; 14:9). When we hear the words of Jesus and obey Him, we are hearing and obeying the Father, for the Father has commanded Jesus “what to say and how to speak” (Jn 12:49). Jesus said: “The Father and I are One” (Jn 10:30).

Jesus became a man to reveal our Father to us (Lk 10:22) and to show us the Father’s love (Jn 15:9). By His death and Resurrection, Jesus gave us the opportunity to have a new nature and be adopted by God the Father (see Rm 8:15). He made it possible for us to be sons and daughters of God the Father (see 1 Jn 3:2). Jesus then taught us to pray “Abba” (“Father”). Jesus is the only Way for us to go home to our Father (Jn 14:6). Jesus has shown us the Father, and that is enough for us (see Jn 14:8).

Prayer:  Abba...

Promise:  “After they had fasted and prayed, they imposed hands on them and sent them off.” —Acts 13:3

Praise:  St. Fidelis, a Franciscan priest from Germany, gave up his law career to follow the example of St. Francis of Assisi and serve the poor. Sent to preach against a group of Calvinists in Switzerland, he was ambushed and martyred.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Do You Believe in God the Father?, listen to, download or order our CD 84-1 or DVD 84 on our website.)

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