It's Father's Day here in America. Since it's also a Sunday, I went to Mass. Recognizing the regional culture, the parish priest had all fathers stand: after which he blessed us.
Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Church, Sauk Centre. June 20, 2010
Well, Maybe One Deep ThoughtThe Mass, and the homily, involved Zechariah 12:10-11, 13:1; Galatians 3:26-29; and Luke 9:18-24. The passage from Luke starts with a really important question:
"8 9 Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, 'Who do the crowds say that I am?' "I've read the rest of what my Lord had to say about who - and what - He is. Including this unequivocal statement:
" 'Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.' "Through the centuries, other people have claimed to be God. What made my Lord stand out was that he was able to make the claim stick. I've written about that before. More than once.
Jesus said that he was - and is - God. I believe Him. And because I believe, I have to be on the same page with Joshua:
"3 If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."I thought about editing out that bit about "the gods your fathers served beyond the River" and so forth. It was relevant to the folks Joshua was talking to, but not so much now, more than two dozen centuries later. The choice Joshua offered, though, is still an important one.
Enough With being SeriousAfter Mass, I over-grilled burgers while spending some time outside with #1 daughter. Next weekend, God willing, I'll try to remember that it's summer - and burgers heat up faster now.
After lunch, I picked up green tea and Boost at the grocery, and spent the rest of the day relaxing. #1 daughter went back to her place in Alexandria, down the road - and called me after she got there, to let me know about a special Dirty Jobs show on Discovery channel.
It's been a good Father's Day.
- "Jesus Christ, Tough as Nails"
(April 7, 2010)
- "Just Who is This Jesus Person, and Who Does He Think He is?"
(January 17, 2010)
- "Father's Day, 2009
(June 21, 2009)