Dear Church Family,
What a joyous, happy, fun-filled time we had at our Annual Card Party last Sunday. We thank our chairperson, Robin Helem and all her wonderful helpers for their time, talent, and great treasures of prayers, effort, and hard work. God bless all who participated to make this another great St. Augustine success. God bless and keep you and stay cool and out of the heat!
To all of you who continue to do fathering, including myself, just a positive blessing message to be fathers who affirm, encourage, be with and proud to be in relationships with your children and with many others. A blessing for you today, Amen, Alleluia!
Today I will reflect on my relationship with my father and you will too. You will also check yourself out to consider how to improve your fathering. My dad above everything else, was steady and always there. In his senior years I always called him, “Dad or Pop”, but I also called him “Steady Eddy”. He was always there and always did things fast and complete. Believe it or not, I didn’t cause him too much trouble. He was a strong force in the family. Therefore, you just didn’t do things that were wrong. He did not have to discipline us too much because we knew what was right and what was wrong. My mother would fuss at me more than dad. He would just keep things in check if I really stretched the boundaries. All is good and I thank the Lord for my father. You can keep up that wonderful attitude yourself.
When Jesus asked His disciples what His identity was in their minds, they said: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” He then told them that they must take up the crosses that would come into their lives as a result of following Him. But, when we hold on to “the everlasting arms of the Lord”, we can feel exposed to and have carried many crosses.
Then, as St. Paul says in Galatians today, we can feel this blessing that especially clothes us. Feel the sacredness of these words as we reflect on the role models in our lives. Jesus is telling us that each person is a son or daughter of God because of our faith in Jesus and because we are baptized into Jesus we are clothed with Him. If we belong to Christ, we are descendants of Abraham and inherit all that was promised.
As we celebrate Father’s Day, let us be mindful of the great joy that we receive from a Father’s Love. Let’s also be aware of our heavenly Father’s great love for us and His continual out pouring of love and mercy. Happy Father’s Day!
Love, Fr. Bob