About twenty three years ago our oldest daughter began her freshman year at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. We did the soccer and lacrosse matches, the choir performances and the parent / teacher conferences. And in the process we met quite a few of the teachers at the school. Two years later our second daughter began her high school career and she was followed by four more. (I think we hold some kind of record for continuance attendance by members of the same family : )
Children numbered two through six were inevitably greeted by teachers whom they had not yet met with the following : So, which Thomashefski are you? There was something about the way they looked, the way they spoke, the way they carried themselves, that immediately their teachers knew who their father was! What was said about me as I was growing up was said also about them: you’re a real chip off the old block!
This idiom can be used about the LORD: Jesus is a chip off the old block! In the Gospel today Jesus says:
Whoever Has Seen Me Has Seen The Father. By seeing and observing what Jesus taught, how He spoke, the way in which He related to others (especially the poor, the broken and the disenfranchised) we begin to come to know Him. Then the LORD says,
If You Know Me, Then You Will Also Know My Father.
Another way of saying this is, if you want to know the Father get to know His son, Jesus! When you get to know the Son, this is what you get to know about God the Father: you are unequivocally and irrevocably loved by your Father in heaven! God the Father did not, cannot and will not ever reject you or stop loving you. In Redemptoris Missio Blessed John Paul the Great says something like this: Jesus not only reveals to us who God is, He reveals to us who we are. Who you are is your identity. You are beloved sons and daughters of God the Father.