The expression God the Father had never been revealed to anyone. When Moses himself asked God who he was, he heard another name. The Father’s name has been revealed to us in the Son, for the name ‘Son’ implies the new name ‘Father’.3’

2780 We can invoke God as ‘Father’ because he is revealed to us by his Son become man and because his Spirit makes him known to s. The personal relation of the Son to the Father is something that an cannot conceive of nor the angelic powers even dimly see: nd yet, the Spirit of the Son grants a participation in that very elation to us who believe that Jesus is the Christ and that we are orn of God.32 781 When we pray to the Father, we are in communion with him d with his Son, Jesus Christ.33 Then we know and recognize 2665 im with an ever new sense of wonder. The first phrase of the Our ather is a blessing of adoration before it is a supplication. For it is e glory of God that we should recognize him as ‘Father’, the true


We give him thanks for having revealed his name to us, for

e gift of believing in it, and for the indwelling of his Presence in s. 782 We can adore the Father because he has caused us to be born to his life by adopting us as his children in his only Son: by aptism, he incorporates us into the Body of his Christ; through 1267 e anointing of his Spirit who flows from the Head to the mcmrs, he makes us other ‘Christs’. God, indeed, who has predestined us to adoption as his sons, has conformed us to the glorious Body of Christ. So then you who have become sharers in Christ are appropriately called ‘Christs’.34 The new man, reborn and restored to his God by grace, says first of all, ‘Father!’ because he has now begun to be a son.35
783 Thus the Lord’s Prayer reveals us to ourselves at the same time

at it reveals the Father to us.~6


O man, you did not dare to raise your face to heaven, you lowered your eyes to the earth, and suddenly you have received the grace of Christ: all your sins have been forgiven. From being a wicked servant you have become a good son... Then raise your eyes to the Father who has begotten you through Baptism, to the Father who has redeemed you through his Son, and say: ‘Our Father. . .‘ But do not claim any privilege. He is the Father in a special way only of Christ, but he is the common Father of us all, because while he has begotten only Christ, he has created