PASTOR’S CORNER June 10, 2013
Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday, Ascension of the Lord, Pentecost Sunday, Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi Sunday…and God still doesn’t rest, doesn’t take a vacation from us. God is love fulfilled, inviting us into a relationship that is love. Each of the above celebrations is given for one reason: God wants us to recognize and communicate with us as the God of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. We are invited to be in right relationship with this God without fear, expectations, competition or control. Yet these are the very things that are constantly directing our every thought, word and deed. It is no wonder that we have such a difficult time responding to God’s great gifts and celebrating these great events of Salvation History. The Living Word of Scripture reminds us that we must love God first and then we will understand how to love one another. This is not idle chit-chat or pie in the sky theology. It is truth that guides the very movement of the universe of which we are the highest creation but so often act as our own God caught up in the lie of being free. True freedom is being able to submit ourselves totally to God’s love and share that love with others.
As a Eucharistic People we experience this unconditional love in the gift of the Sacraments. Our readings this week reveal to us a God who has no limits; even the limits we seek to impose have no effect on God’s perfect plan for us and for the entire world.
Jesus came to teach us that we must repent – rethink our place in the universe, reform our thinking to respond to love and truth, return to the original blessing that was rejected in the Garden of Eden and in every generation since and finally rejoice in the gift of forgiveness that is able to break through our most wounded and broken places.
One way to respond to this God of love is that this Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day and we extend God’s blessings to all the men of our lives who embrace us with love and share their gifts, talents and love with us.
Father’s Day was inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day. The first observance of Father’s Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father. However, all the credit for Father’s Day went to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, who invented independently her own celebration of Father’s Day just two years later.
Bills to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913, 1916 and 1924, but were defeated because of a fear that the day would become to commercialized. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
Here’s a prayer to say for your father and all fathers:
Father, it is Your Commandment that we should honor our fathers; Hear the prayers we offer You for them. Grant them many years on earth and keep them in health of mind and body. Bless their work and all they do. Give them back a hundred-fold whatever they have done for us. Inspire them with Your love and help them to fulfill Your holy law. One day, may we be their comfort and support, So that having enjoyed their affection on earth we may have the joy of being with them forever in Your home in Heaven. Grant this Heavenly Father through your gift Christ our Lord. Amen.