The omnipotence of God "is not expressed in violence, in an adverse power, but in mercy, forgiveness, in accepting our freedom, in an untiring call to conversion of heart". This is the power of God and this is victorious."
Continuing in the
Year of Faith, reflecting on the Creed, Benedict XVI dedicated his
catechesis for the general audience today to affirmation of God's
fatherhood and omnipotence, established at the beginning of the
profession of faith.
In it, the first and fundamental definition
of God is "Father". " It is not always easy today to talk about
fatherhood. Especially in our Western world, the broken families,
increasingly absorbing work commitments, concerns, and often the fatigue
of trying to balance the family budget, the distracting invasion of the
mass media in daily life are some of the many factors that can prevent a
peaceful and constructive relationship between fathers and children. At
times communication becomes difficult, trust can be lost and
relationships with the father figure can become problematic. Even
imagining God as a father becomes problematic, not having had adequate
models of reference. For those who have had the experience of an overly
authoritarian and inflexible father, or an indifferent father lacking in
affection, or even an absent father, it is not easy to think of God as
Father and trustingly surrender oneself to Him. "
and especially the Gospel "shows us what it really means to be a
father," a father "who loves us so much that he gave his son for our
salvation", a "greater and more faithful love than that of any man. If,
as Jesus said, "He is good enough to make " his sun rise on the bad and
the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust", we can
always, without fear and with total confidence, trust in his Father's
forgiveness when go wrong. God is a good Father who welcomes and
embraces the lost and repented son, He gives himself freely to those who
ask and offers the bread of Heaven and the living water that gives life
"God is a Father who never abandons his children, a
loving Father who supports, helps, welcomes, forgives, saves, with a
fidelity that immensely surpasses that of men, opening up to an eternal
"The love of God never fails, never tires of us, it
is a love that gives to the extreme, even to the sacrifice of His Son.
Faith gifts us this certainty, which becomes a sure rock in the
construction of our lives so that we can face those moments of
difficulty and danger, experience those times of darkness, crisis and
pain, supported by the faith that God never abandons us and is always
near, to save us and bring us to life. "
"It is in the Lord Jesus
that we fully see the benevolent face of the Father who is in heaven.
It is in knowing Him that we can know the Father in seeing Him we can
the Father, because He is in the Father and the Father is in Him. He is
the "image of the invisible God" as defined by the hymn of the Letter to
the Colossians, "the firstborn of all creation ... the firstborn of
those who rise from the dead", "through whom we have redemption, the
forgiveness of sins" and reconciliation of all things, "making peace by
the blood of his cross [through him], whether those on earth or those in
But, "we might ask: how is it possible to imagine a God
almighty looking at the Cross of Christ? At this evil power that arrives
at killing the Son of God? We would prefer a divine omnipotence
according to our thought patterns and our desires: an "Almighty" God who
solves problems, who intervenes to save us from every difficulty, who
defeats all adversaries, who changes the course of events and removes
all pain. Thus, today many theologians say that God can not be
omnipotent otherwise there would not be so much suffering, so much evil
in the world. Indeed in the face of evil and suffering, it becomes
difficult for many to believe in God the Father and believe Him to be
Almighty; some seek refuge in idols, yielding to the temptation to find
an answer in an alleged "magic" omnipotence and its illusory promises.
Yet faith in the Almighty God pushes us to follow very different paths,
to understand that God's thoughts are different to ours and his that
God's ways are different from ours , and even his omnipotence is
different: it is not expressed as an automatic or arbitrary force, but
is marked by a loving and fatherly freedom. "
"Only the truly
powerful can endure pain and show compassion, and only the truly
powerful can fully exercise the power of love. And God, to whom all
things belong because all things were made by Him, reveals His power
loving everyone and everything, in a patient waiting for the conversion
of us men, whom He wants to have as children. God is waiting for our
conversion. The all-powerful love of God knows no bounds, so much so
that "He did not spare his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all"
(Romans 8:32). The omnipotence of love is not that of the power of the
world, but that of total gift, and Jesus, the Son of God, reveals to the
world the omnipotence of the Father giving his life for us sinners.
This is the real, authentic and perfect divine power to respond to evil
mot with evil, but with good, to insults with forgiveness, murderous
hatred with love that gives life. So evil is really defeated, because
washed by the love of God, death is finally defeated because it is
turned into the gift of life".