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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Feast of Saints Philip and James

Good morning. In today’s Gospel Jesus is quite taken aback by the Apostle Philip’s lacking insight into who Jesus is. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me. If you know me, you will know the Father also; indeed you know him, and you have seen him." Philip asked him, "Lord, show us the Father, and that is enough." Jesus said to him, "What! I have been with you so long and you still do not know me, Philip?” If Philip who for three years had shared meals and traveled about Galilee with Jesus still hadn’t caught on that he was in the presence of God, how might our children come to know Jesus? As I’ve mentioned here before, it is our duty as parents to teach our children to be aware of God's presence. Aware of our obligation for making known God’s presence do we interact and engage in a manner that suggests to our children that Jesus is active in our lives? Do we act as if God is present in our home? Do we provide by our example ways for our children to be aware of God’s presence in our lives? Are there rituals within our home that indicate that God is present here? If not, why not start one. Our pastor shared a story last Sunday about a young boy who approached him asking “Did you miss me Father?” To which our pastor responded, “Yes, I missed you and your family last weekend.” To this the lad responded with “Yes, Easter sure is a busy time isn’t it Father.” What shall we do today to reveal God’s presence in our children’s lives? Make a great day!

Today we recall the good lives, gifts, and works of Saints Philip and James—Apostles.

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