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Sunday, June 20, 2010


pater noster
intoned by the priest . . .
Jesus called Him Dad

Posted at Gillena's blog as a comment. "Pater Noster" is Latin for "Our Father," the first words of the Lord's Prayer. Jesus used the Aramaic "abba," which is best translated as "dad," "daddy," etc., rather than the more formal "father."

Happy Father's Day to all dads, granddads, stepdads, and all other kinds of dads out there.


Blogger Marcel Peltier said...

Thank you, Bill. I 'm grand-father.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Devika said...

Happy Father's Day, Bill...nice haiku...and the note is inetersting :)


4:41 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

I'm a grandfather, too, Marcel, but it took me 75 years to do it.

Thank you, Devika. It's a pleasure to hear from you.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Devika said...

thank you, Bill...your responses to comments makes it all the more interesting to read here :)


8:16 PM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

and to you Bill

12:58 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

God bless, Devika.

Thanks, John.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

After 75 years
a new grandfather --
this hectic world

2:05 AM  
Anonymous Short Poems said...

I liked your creative haiku.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

And that's a steep learning curve, tikkis.

Thanks, Marinela. I appreciate the visit.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

This reminds me of one of the few verses I still remember from my Sunday School days (thirty years and more ago) -- one I really liked: "For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"" (Romans 8: 15: New Revised Standard Version, I think. But I'm sure you already knew that.)

7:05 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Melissa, Emily Dickinson had an acute sense of what it means to imagine God, not merely as the Father, but as my father. "abba" is one of the few words from Aramaic (the language Jesus actually spoke) to make it into the New Testament, which was written in demotic Greek. Thanks for that comment.

6:33 AM  

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