Pondering for Sunday, June 21, 2020

Eucharistic Readings for Sunday of Proper 7: Year A

Genesis 21:8-21; Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17;  Romans 6:1b-11;  Matthew 10:24-39

“ Jesus said to the twelve disciples, “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master.”  (Matthew 10: 24 – 25)

Today is Father’s Day. To the disciple and teacher; and to the slave and master; I would add the child and the father. Jesus said, “It is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master.”  And I would add, it is enough for the child to be like the father; the good father.

Throughout the Gospel of John Jesus proclaims “that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” Good fatherhood comes from the godliness of parenting.

I have talked with many teachers who tell me there is a significant, and positive difference, between children who have a father in the home and those who don’t.

Let me tell you about three fathers: Jesse, Joseph and Tom. Jesse was the proud father of eight sons.  He proudly presented seven of them for anointing by Samuel but held back his youngest, David. Yet, David changed the world and was the apple of God’s eye. (1 Samuel 16)

Then there is Joseph. Of all the men of the world, God almighty chose the carpenter Joseph to be His earthly father as he joined us, to be one of us.  Joseph was a good and moral man who would not even use the corrupt rules of his day to put Mary aside, being that she was already pregnant by who knows who as far as others thought.  Being a father is more than making a pregnancy.

Tom was an over-the- road truck driver.  At the age of thirty nine he married a woman eleven years his junior who already had a daughter some twelve years in her past.  Tom was a loving man who had disagreements with my mother but was always gentle with her and with us, his children.  I did not realize the importance of his loving gentleness until much later in life, when I became part of a domestic violence rehabilitation team at the New River Air Station, Family Advocacy Program.  Real fathers make all the difference.

Some governments still have corrupt rules in place that penalize mothers with children who try to hold on to the good fathers of their children, either natural or like Joseph, just dedicated, and cause a financial burden on them.  The mothers of these children struggle to make ends meet besides having no role models for the children. This is sad in light of the fact that teachers show the benefit of having a father in the home. We should probably look into these rules and make it easier for fathers to stay in their families.

“It is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master and the child like the good father.”

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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