Happy Father’s Day to the men of the Knights of St. John around the world. It is not just in the regular sense of being a father that we recognize men today, but those that have biological children, adoptive children, foster children, or our spiritual fathers.
It is almost fitting that today’s readings talk about trust and fear because those are two feelings that every father experiences the most when it comes to themselves, and their children. I can recall when I first received word that I was going to be a father. I was overjoyed at the news. Once the adrenaline of the news waned, the fear set in. Was I ready? Would I do a good job? The fear resurfaces again when your child gets sick, and you can only do your best to ease their pain.
The story of Job reminds us that we are not in control. What happens is in God’s hands and on God’s time.
Today’s Gospel gives us an idea of what it means to be a father. Here we have a story about the disciples on a boat, in the midst of a storm. Now we can accurately state that many of the men that followed Jesus in the early days of his ministry were fishermen, so being on the water during a storm, wouldn’t necessarily be cause for panic. Yet they didn’t turn to the seasoned fishermen, the guys who made it their livelihood by being on the sea. No, they turned to the son of a carpenter, a rabbi – to whom they had a feeling about.
Having children is like that. Certainly, our life experiences prepare us for any number of things that could happen to our children, yet there will always be that time in our lives that our children turn to us with a problem – and we don’t have an answer.
In days that I am struggling to find meaning or God in my life, all I need to do is look into the yes of my children, and right there, I find God.
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So once again, in this Year of St. Joseph, our perfect model and guide of earthly fatherhood, Happy Father’s Day to all the men in our lives.