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Today is Father’s Day. What does that mean to you? Today shouldn’t be about getting in a round of golf or taking time for yourself. Today should be a reflection on how you are doing as a dad. In our first reading, Moses is speaking to God on Sinai. He says something that as fathers, should hit close to home:

“The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God,

slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”

Are we living this in our own homes? At work? In our community? Our God is all forgiving and merciful. When we fail, he isn’t there to chastise us. He doesn’t say, “You’re out”. We stumble, we turn our backs on our Father, yet he is right there, arms open, waiting for us to come back. Are you this same merciful father with your children? Your wife? If not, today is a great day to start.

The Gospel reading is a familiar one. John 3:16 is the epitome of Fatherhood. “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son”. Could you do that? If someone told you that the death of your son would save the world, would you be able to sacrifice your child?

God made the ultimate sacrifice for His children. Do we deserve it? No way! But He did it anyway. So how can we repay him? Be that same father to your family and those around you. Live for Him. Do everything in the name of Jesus Christ.

Today is Father’s Day. If you are hurting, weak, disappointed in yourself, or just feel like you haven’t been the father you should be, then today is a day to start fresh. Make a promise to walk with Christ. Ask him to guide you. Turn to St. Joseph for his intercession. There is a great man inside you. Show him to the light.

Lord God, pray for all fathers today to be the men that You designed them to be. Make them the beacon of light in the world that You so badly want us to be. In Your name we pray. Amen.  

Today’s Readings can be found at:

 http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/061514.cfm

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