Wednesday 26 August 2020
2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18. Happy are those who fear the Lord – Psalm 127(128):1-2, 4-5. Matthew 23:27-32.
You are sons of those who murdered the prophets
Today’s readings offer two conflicting images of parenthood.
The Gospel reminds us that misunderstanding can be passed from generation to generation. There is a type of parent who, perhaps inadvertently, limits and prejudices the growth of the child. The first reading presents an alternative: parenthood is not only teaching but also calling. There is a gulf between calling and demanding. Demands are often insensitive to the point of stifling one partner in a relationship. Calling always implies freedom and offers support.
God parents each one of us by calling us to a fuller, freer life. Christian vocation is never a matter of being cornered without choice. It is the challenge to seek God’s gentle guidance between thousands of possibilities and to be invited perhaps where we would rather not go.
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