“Like father, like son,” is one way of describing the special relationship between father and son. Another way is to say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” and, “You’re just like your father,” is still another way. Sometimes these expressions are used in a kind and loving way and sometimes they are used in a negative way. Both reflect the reality of biological and characteristic inheritance and it is not exclusive to only the father-son relationship. Each of us, son or daughter, is the beneficiary of our parents in looks, attitudes, behaviors and mannerisms. Jesus Himself tells us, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ’Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?” (Jn. 14:9-10). He also shows us the perfection of love from son to father: ”I have come down from Heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent me” (Jn. 6:38).
Besides teaching us with His words, Jesus lives what He preaches and shows us what the Father intended in the beginning. The imagery of father and son is not for men alone; it is meant for all, because we all, male and female, bear the Imago Dei. Each of us, male and female, is created in the image and likeness of God and that Imago Dei includes freedom. God did not create us as mindless puppets without hearts to love. No, on the contrary, love is a free act of the Will, led by the heart and informed by the mind. By exercising our freedoms of the mind and heart to choose Him, we, like Jesus, give praise and glory to Our Father.