I hope all the fathers out there have a great day, and all the sons and daughters out there help make it a great day for their fathers who are still around. If, like me, your dad is not around any longer, give him a thought and, if you like, share a memory.
Earlier this year we finished an involuntary remodel of sorts caused by a leaky pipe, and in unpacking boxes of junk that were hastily boxed to make way for the contractor, we have also unpacked boxes that appear never to have been unpacked since we moved here 14 years ago. (Has it really been that long?) One of the things that we uncovered was a birthday card I had saved that my dad gave me when I was four. Apparently, I scrawled a “thank you” to him on the inside and back of the card, calling him by name (his name was Bill V. Frey).
The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!
“So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:
Whether we wake or fall asleep,
yet we are the Lord’s;
if we are baptised into Christ,
he can guard against Satan.
Through Adam death came upon us,
Christ helps us out of all danger.
Therefore we praise the Lord.
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