June 15, 2014 – A View from the Rectory Window

The children begged for a hamster, and after the usual fervent vows that they alone would care for it, they got one. They named it Danny. Two months later, when Mom found herself responsible for cleaning and feeding the creature, she located a prospective new home for it. The children took the news of Danny’s imminent departure quite well, though one of them remarked, “He’s been around here a long time–we’ll miss him.”

“Yes,” Mom replied, “But he’s too much work for one person, and since I’m that one person, I say he goes.”

Another child offered, “Well, maybe if he wouldn’t eat so much and wouldn’t be so messy, we could keep him.”

But Mom was firm. “It’s time to take Danny to his new home now,” she insisted. “Go and get his cage.”

With one voice and in tearful outrage the children shouted, “Danny? We thought you said Daddy!”

On this Father’s Day Weekend, I write to assure our fathers of our desire to keep you and to ask our Heavenly Father to keep you close as well.

For, if there is anyone who knows how important the role of a father is, it is God. As our Heavenly Father, He understands the pains and the joys that fathers go through. And so today we consider the profound honor entrusted to you by God to be a reflection of the Heavenly Father to your children.

As we set aside this day to celebrate our fathers, I encourage you to embrace your Heavenly Father’s love for you. May His unconditional, unending and unfailing love wash over you and fill you completely, for, “If God did not withhold His one and only precious Son Jesus from you, why would He withhold anything good from you? (Romans 8:32).”

Whatever you need today—may you call out to your Heavenly Father, and freely receive from Him. As you have done for your children, so too, may you know even more abundantly His love, His wisdom, His provision, His healing and anything else that you need. May you know how truly loved and blessed you are today. Enjoy your special day with your family and allow the joy of the Lord to fill your hearts.

Have a blessed Father’s Day!

Fr. Pete

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