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Here is part of our New Testament reading, from Romans: ‘All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him’.

St John Chrysostom comments: ‘God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba Father. And what is that, Spirit bears witness with spirit? The Comforter, he means, with that Gift, which is given unto us. For it is not of the Gift alone that it is the voice, but of the Comforter also who gave the Gift, He Himself having taught us through the Gift so to speak. But when the Spirit bears witness, what farther place for doubtfulness? … But when it is the Highest Essence that bestows this Gift, and bears witness by the very words He bade us use in prayer, who would doubt any more of our dignity?’

This is our true dignity, that we are made in the image and likeness of God, and that He has made us His children by adoption and grace. ‘Abba, Father!’ was the cry that Jesus Himself used, and through Him we are also able to do so. Let us rejoice in this precious privilege, and may God bless you this day.