By Jonathan Ruano
Two months after my father died I called my grandmother. This wasn’t the first time I had talked to her on the phone but it was the first time since my father’s passing. Since I was young I was told to use “mama” not grandma, so obviously when I called the first words spoken where “Mama”. There was a long silence, I waited for her to say something but the only sound I heard was her soft sob. I asked what was wrong and if she was okay. “You sound exactly like your father” she claimed. In that moment she confessed that
although her son was no longer living she was able to hear his voice again.
My father was everything I aim to be in life, he was and will always be my hero. To have my grandmother say my voice was "just like his" gave me joy. Many individuals who knew him well often say I have many similar qualities; strength, courage, selfless love. I am glad they notice because I try to be like him. I am very proud to be his son. I am proud to have his blood running through my veins. When I am in need of advice I often look in the mirror and ask myself how my father would handle the situation and I can’t help but think that
Jesus must have asked this same question in His life many times.
Jesus is the refection of God the Father. He is not reserved about this fact. In John’s gospel Jesus says “whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.” For me this means that in order to know the Father I need to know the Son. Knowing the Father through scripture or a historic perspective can be confusing, but through Jesus we get a very clear picture. At the heart of this gospel message from John, the words of Jesus are clear “I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.”
Jesus comes from Love in order to show us love.
He comes to save me, He comes to save us. He yearns to be heard and teach the right way to live. It is up to me to hear his words and live them day in and day out. And the beauty of Jesus words are that they are his Fathers words. “So what I say, I say as the Father told me.” I am thankful to know God the Father because of his son, Jesus. I hope for the same thing in life, that my future children get to know my father because of me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jonathan is a theology teacher and soccer coach at Elyria Catholic High School. When not in the classroom he loves spending time with his friends and family. He is a passionate sports fan but even more passionate about his faith.