To be thankful for the time we are given, so that we live in God’s plan.
I was at a funeral for my cousin a long time ago, and I remember the priest saying we must be thankful to God for giving her to us for the years that he did. She did not belong to us, she belonged to God. In this way, parents are just guardians on behalf of God to help children grow.
Both of today’s readings are about couples who are childless. God intervened because his plan needed these children to be raised by couples who would teach identity as a child of God, grow in their relationship with God, and find their vocation in life. These are the keys to raising children in guardianship for God.
What is your responsibility as parents toward the children God has given you?
Pray today my friends, that we value our loved ones while we have them. They will later go back to God.
About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.
Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.