DIRECTOR, LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION
Today’s readings reveal God’s infinite and unending love for us, a love that is freely given, and ask us to share love with others.
“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose youJohn 15:16-17
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”
Jesus reminds us that our knowledge of him, and of God through him, is expressed in love. We are to love one another as God loves us and this love leads to action. For us to “bear fruit,” we are to serve others in sacrificial love.
This past year has given many of us the opportunity to serve others in ways we may have never imagined. While first responders, medical professionals, and so many others. are deserving of our high praise and endless gratitude for continually going above and beyond to keep us all as safe as possible, there are also those who have quietly chosen to move out of their comfort zone for the sake of others. One such group is parents, particularly parents of young children. This past year has put most parents in the position of becoming elementary and/or middle school teachers, technology troubleshooters, library and resource assistants, gym teachers and playground monitors, and the ever-popular “lunch lady.” The demands of work have helped them hone their creativity and juggling skills along the way.
In addition to all their newfound responsibilities, many also chose to share the gift of faith with their children. For most, this was completely new and many lacked confidence in their ability to pull this off, especially with everything else swirling about. While this was no easy task, it was a beautiful example of the sacrificial love Jesus taught us. Throughout the program year, parents shared with us their struggles and frustrations, and the difficulties of a sequestered life with young children during a pandemic. They also shared how much they loved spending time with their children talking about God, and seeing their children develop that love within themselves.
Jesus gives us the greatest example of love and service and asks us to share it. Our children watch what we do and study how we think, much more than we realize. If we as adults are living our lives loving one another, sharing knowledge and experience of God and faith, our children will learn to live their lives with love and faith. As they witness how we make our choices and where we draw our strength from, they will follow. The fruit of faith borne so lovingly in children is a gift that gives forever.
Blessings on our mothers and fathers this day and every day!