Holy Family

Holy Family

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Feast of Saint Gladys and Saint Gwynllyw

Good morning. Do you ever wonder why God chose to reveal himself to us in the image of Father rather than that of Mother? After all don’t we generally see mothers as being warmer and more attentive than how we tend to view our fathers? Perhaps there is something more there than just being warm and fuzzy. Well, certainly there is that sense of His being all powerful that seems to fit with how we typically view our Dads. “My Dad can do anything!” Yet, He is more than an all powerful being. While being attentive, and being caring, He at the same time, much like that of our own fathers presents a presence of being in charge. There is a healthy sense of respect, dare I say fear that exists in the relationship between a child and father. And yet, as we are reminded in today’s Gospel, He is a God of mercy. In the reading for today from Matthew Jesus reminds us that we must forgive endlessly. He tells us we must forgive 70 times 7, an obvious indication for us to forgive unceasingly. We are told that we must forgive as our Father in Heaven forgives, and there is no end to His forgiveness. This unending mercy of Our Heavenly Father is seen throughout scripture. Time and time again God forgives our transgressions. Time and again His mercy is revealed to us. Many of the characteristics of a loving father, which we hopefully have from our own life experience, are seen in our image of our Heavenly Father, but none is more challenging for us as earthly fathers than that of being a witness of the unceasing compassion and forgiveness our Heavenly Father is for us. Will the mercy of our Heavenly Father be revealed in our actions today? Make a great day!

Today we celebrate the good lives, gifts, and works of Saints Gladys and Gwynllyw.

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