If you read yesterday's Family Rosary blog, you might have thought you'd heard the most challenging direction from Jesus, and today would be one of those easy Gospel readings. That is until today when we heard Jesus say, "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…"
Because we’re human beings, we need reminders … everything from the decal on the windshield of your car for the next oil change to the marking of your calendar for important days like birthdays and doctor’s appointments and that Sunday is Father’s Day. We even have reminders that ring out on our cell phones!
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Today, as we gather as a family, let our hearts be filled with joy and overflowing gratitude for the Word of God that has been proclaimed to us. In Acts 17, we hear from the Apostle Paul that we are God’s offspring and that He is not far from us. In fact, it is in Him that we live and move and have our being. In John, we hear Jesus promise to send the Holy Spirit who will lead us into all truth. From these proclamations, we learn about the incredible power of God's love and the boundless blessings that await us as we walk together in faith as a family.
In John's Gospel, Jesus links two powerfully uplifting emotions: love and joy. And, it makes sense when we love someone, and they love us; there's a unifying force that stirs our souls and makes us joyful.
Today's reading from the Acts of the Apostles reminds us of the importance of courage and conviction in our faith. The Gospel of John reminds us that the one who believes in the Son has eternal life (John 3.36). As we reflect on today's scriptures, let us remember the importance of communicating our love and faith to our children. As parents, we are responsible for being role models and providing a foundation of love and trust for our children.
A man on a business trip for about two weeks went out for breakfast. When the waitress came to his table, she asked, "What can I get you?" The man paused and said, "I'll tell you what. I'd like the special, but I want my toast burned to a crisp, my bacon like a piece of rubber, my coffee weak, and when you bring me the food, I want you to yell at me." Puzzled, the waitress said, "What are you, crazy?" "No," said the man, "I'm just homesick."