Today’s gospel reading touched my heart, because it made me think of today’s parents and their children. The first line – ‘My Father is still working, and I also am working.” How many times have we seen the family unit disintegrate because the father or mother isn’t present or doesn’t take the time to lead their children to God, or to a strong work ethic, or to teach them a moral destination to right and wrong?
The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing…
Our world is in such turmoil – yes, there is a lot of good that is happening every day, but there is a great deal of sadness, discourse, anger, frustration, violence, and confusion – confusion as to where we should be in our faith, and how we exercise and commit to our faith. Some of these issues stem from the changes post-COVID; some from political views, and some just from a lack of initiative to strengthen our faith.
Parents, don’t be afraid to be a parent. Don’t shy away from directing your children to God. I promise you; no one cares if you are the cool parent, the kid-friendly parent, or the lenient parent. Children need structure, and today they need a strong presence of Godly people to direct them. Be that Godly person to not only your children, but to everyone around you.
For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; and he has given him authority to execute judgement, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and will come out—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. ‘I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgement is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me. -John 5:26-30 (NABRE)
Patty Masson supports the Passionists from Spring, Texas.