Happy Father’s Day! It is a privilege, a challenge, and a joy to be able to form our children. We want good things for our children – feeling of security and home, a life of aspiration and inspiration, and enduring relationships with siblings and friends. Fathers have an important role to play. When I think of my father, I often think of “what big shoes to fill;” he is a very good man.
In our gospel Jesus uses a field as a parable for the Kingdom of God. It takes time for each of us to grow and mature. Chris Stefanick in a moment of prayer also had a vision of a field – but it was scorched and laid waste. The Holy Spirit suggested to him it was a vision of what Satan and contemporary culture wants to make of men within the Church. He responded with courage and established the MenRiseUp challenge. I am starting it tomorrow. Sign up at MenRiseUp.org.
This month I have baptized my niece, Quinn Marie, and recall the baptism of my Godson, James Francis, two years ago. I have the same joy for family baptisms as I have for baptisms in our own parishes. If you have a child to be baptized, call the parish office. I am thankful to Fr. Richmond and Fr. Polycarp for sharing their love for God in the baptism classes on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.
Some local musicians – singers of the Butler Philharmonic – perform in Carnegie Hall today. We are blessed to have great musicians in our region! I am thankful for all those involved in parish music ministry (consider joining ; -). Thank you to Michael, Jonathan, and Theresa. We are blessed.
What a joy to know, love, and serve the good God!