When I was in third grade, one of the Sisters in my school told us every time we visited the chapel, to look into the face of Jesus. She said we would see the love pouring from His eyes.
Thank you to the Sisters in our parish who worked with us humbly to bring us to Jesus!
In the gospel today, John the Baptist said, “Behold, the lamb of God” … just like the Sisters told us to look into the face of Jesus on the cross in the chapel. John added, “[he] will take away the sins of the world,” indicating his love for us. Again, just like the Sisters told us, we would see love pouring from his eyes. The sisters had sowed the seed of faith in us at an early age. Today John is reminding us again that Jesus is the foundation for our faith.
One of the tragedies of our time is that we are not giving our children a solid foundation in faith on which to base their everyday decisions. This cultural shift already has proved disastrous for millions of vulnerable young people.
As members of God’s family, we want our children to grow up knowing Jesus and developing their spiritual lives. On this feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, let us ask Him to guide us to bring our families to God regularly with prayers, devotions and Mass.
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.