Chapter 6 - My Peace I Give You - 4th Questions for Careful Reading

Throughout the Gospel Jesus has spoken of God as his Father but not as the disciple's Father. Against this background, what is the significance of verse 17? (Take a look also at 1:12)

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  • Deacon MichaelPosted on 3/30/20

    Verse 1:12 continuing in v13 says “but to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born not of natural generation nor by human choice nor by man’s decision but of God.” This seems to have been fulfilled by the developments and events leading up to His appearance to Mary. The footnote in the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) has an illuminating footnote that reads: “To my Father and your Father, to my God and your God: this echoes Ru 1:16: “Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” The Father of Jesus will now become the Father of the disciples because, once ascended, Jesus can give them the Spirit that comes from the Father and they can be reborn as God’s children (Jn 3:5). That is why he calls them my brothers.” So something has changed, and the promise held out to the disciples has been fulfilled.