Father’s Day- 3 Sacrifices

I will never know or really understand all of the sacrifices my dad has made for me & our family. My dad is king at thinking of others & not getting what he wants if it means my mother or me or one of my siblings can. He is a team player not just because he used to play football or is a sports kind of guy, but because he loves us & shows his love & care through how he sacrifices himself.

 

“Every parent tries to give a child everything it needs, but when we have grown up our parents no longer feed us, but tell us to find work & earn a living. I do not want to hear this from my Father for I am incapable of earning my living- of earning eternal life.” [Simply Surrender- St. Therese of Lisieux]

 

Too many times we, children, think of the Father in terms of differentiation & separation as is healthy with an earthly father relationship. Therese is right- in order to be a true child of God, then we must do the opposite of desiring independence from our Heavenly Father. We must remember and recognize the dependence we will always have on our Heavenly Father & desire closeness, maybe even interdependence, with our Spiritual Church Family.

 

Jesus was sacrificed so that we can have closeness & realized dependence on The Father.

“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.” [Romans 3:25-26]

 

It is our, you & me, sacrifice of self to God that completes the relationship.

“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me [Jesus], you will find it.” [Matthew 10:39]

 

Notice in this classic painting, Creation of Adam, by Michelangelo, Adam’s and God’s hands are both reaching out toward each other. Let us, Children, reach for God, our Father by remembering Jesus’ sacrifice for us & being faithful to sacrificing ourselves for God’s purposes.   

 

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