Scripture Reflection for Sunday
by Dave O’Donnell
In my theology 101 course, Father Foley S.J. was trying to tell us who God was but frustrated in the attempt said we were just too young and inexperienced (small minded) to understand. I raised my hand and suggested: “You cannot see God and live. There is no perch to stand upon that can reveal an angle that shows ‘The All’. The only way to see God is to dissolve into the Godhead and become ‘The All’ thus loosing your individuality—for you cannot see God and live.” Father Foley stood motionless looking perplexed for a few minutes and then exclaimed: “I never thought of it that way, but yes, that’s it.”
In the Where to Find All in the Bible resource and under “God Defined” it gives Ex 3: 13-14. To Moses question “If they ask me what is His name, what am I to tell them?” God replied: “I am who am.” Then he added: “This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I am sent me to you.” (I understand this statement as I am all)
In First Corinthians 15:28 when, finally all has been subjected to the Son, he will then subject himself to the one who made all things subject to him, so that God may be all in all.” I am who am and all in all mean the same to me. Paul and the book of Exodus agree on who God the Father is.
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