June 17, 2012
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?”
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
God is the source of all fatherhood. Jesus reaffirmed this when he taught his disciples how to pray, “Our Father…”. The prayer first acknowledges that we all belong to God as his children, for he gave us our human life, or soul. Our earthly fathers were instruments of God who immediately and directly created us in his image (with an intellect) to have the potential to share his heavenly kingdom as his children. At Baptism we were given the grace to pray to God the Father daily when old enough.
“Who is (art) in heaven.” Heaven is our everlasting destiny when we follow Jesus and his Church. Total union with God and one another will be perfected when we have died and gone to heaven where we will never be tempted or sin again. Like our Heavenly Father, fathers help us to develop our talents and sense of responsibility for that which is truly good for all people. God clearly and fully communicates this to us through Jesus, and all caring fathers seek to follow his example.
“Hallowed be your name.” We ask God the Father to glorify his name so that we might see his powerful actions of love in our lives. Many times our earthly fathers have intervened in our life with wisdom, compassion, justice, mercy and love, giving us an indication of how God works in our world
Why is it then, that we might not experience the deep love of God in our life? Is it because we don’t understand completely the message and divine person of God’s Son, Jesus Christ? Yes, for we might be in communion with Christ, but it might be in a way that needs to be deepened by time, trial and treasures.
The same is true with our earthly fathers. The more we share our time and trials, and treasure the gifts of wisdom, love and support they give us, the more deeply our communion with our fathers. Of course, because neither we nor our fathers are perfect, there is a longing to be in deeper communion with them. The only way to fulfill this desire is by growing in our communion with God the Father and his divine Son, Jesus Christ.
Those fathers who have shown us Christ, shared with us God’s love in the sacraments and prayer, and support us by speaking the truth of God’s wisdom, realize the joy of this day. Father’s Day is a celebration of those men who reflect the goodness of God to their children, and thank God for his grace that enables them to do so. Let us daily pray the Lord’s Prayer to grow in communion with God our Father and our earthly fathers.
Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Thomas McCabe