A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and
understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
The  Voice  of  Jesus
This is my Son, my Chosen; Listen to Him!

Misunderstanding Jesus
#25 - Call no man your father on earth - Matthew 23:9
The False Teaching

Catholic.com: By referring to these people as their spiritual sons and spiritual children, Peter, Paul, and John imply their own roles as spiritual fathers. Since the Bible frequently speaks of this spiritual fatherhood, we Catholics acknowledge it and follow the custom of the apostles by calling priests "father." Failure to acknowledge this is a failure to recognize and honor a great gift God has bestowed on the Church: the spiritual fatherhood of the priesthood.
John Paul II (from Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p.6) Have no fear when people call me "Vicar of Christ," when they say to me "Holy Father," or "Your Holiness," or use titles similar to these, which seem even inimical to the Gospel.  Christ himself declared: "Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called 'Master'; you have but one master, the Messiah."  These expressions, nevertheless, have evolved out of a long tradition, becoming part of common usage.  One must not be afraid ot these words either.

They only disclose the fact that they have not a clue as to what the true gospel is all about -- and this after twenty centuries of polemics!
Exposing the Error
Catholics point to the context -- the hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees -- and make this relevant only to that situation.  But if the Lord meant only to guide the apostles away from that error, are we not subject to the very same?  Then they appeal to the fact that the Lord applied the term to human fathers, such as "Father Abraham." Of course, for Abraham was patriarch of the Jews that were not sons of God. They also claim a little childs right to call her father, "father."  Yes, for the little child also is not begotten from above.  Then they maintain that God's fatherhood would be meaningless if the earthly is removed.  Of course!  Then, they appeal to Jesus' use of hyperbole -- exageration -- to make a point. He did such, but it was to express the hard or impossible: Let not your right hand know what your left hand does."  But this commandment is both easy and possible!  They also appeal to Paul and the apostles.  But Paul was a false apostle and the others were influenced by him from an early time.  John Paul II can only appeal to long tradition and common usage.  There is one word of the Lord, Mt.28:20, wherein he tells disciples to be  "teaching them."  This contradicts Mt.23:9 and the Lord never once contradicted himself.
Declaring the Truth

God sent Jesus into the world to seek out those that will be his children and lead them home.  His will for us is one thing: Come home!  He can not receive us until, in love for Him, we also share his will and want to go home as He wants us to come. Until them, we are dead to Him, are not his children and He is not our Father; we are bound to this world and the family of this world through the flesh.  All that will share His eternal life must hate life in this world as Jesus did on the cross.  Then we live to him, and he becomes our Father, for that is to do his will. 
Jn.6:40 For this is the will of my father, that everyone beholding the son and believing in him have zoe-life eternal, and I will raise him up in the last day.
Mk.3:32 . . . and they say to him: Behold outside your mother and your brothers and your sisters seek you.  And answering them he says: Who is my mother and my brothers?  And having looked around at those sitting near him round [about] he says: Behold my mother and my brothers. 
Whoever does the will of God, this is my brother and my sister and my mother. He commands these only:
Mt.23:8 . . .all [of] you are brothers. And do not call [anyone] your father on the earth, for one is your father in the heavens.

It is all about family!  More