Today's first reading makes me miss my Mom and Daddy! Paul's reminder to the Ephesians that they honor and obey their parents is a good reminder for us kids of all ages.
In today's video reflection at USCCB, we are reminded that in many cultures, it is considered an honor and a privilege to care for aging parents. I hope that when my parents "age" (if they ever do), I will have the honor of caring for them to the best of my abilities.
Paul also reminds parents (well, he says "Fathers" but I'm adding Moms into the mix too) not to "provoke" their children to anger. Do you think Paul ever hung out much with toddlers, or with teenagers? Yesterday, I had a long, luxurious conversation with Sue Peters, a terrific Catholic mom, Life Teen minister and musician. Sue and I spent a few hours talking about all sorts of things, but one of the most important topics was the faith parenting of our children. Sue's children are so fortunate to have a mother who "walks the talk" and does it with so much infectious joy. Her music is tangible evidence of her love of her faith. I'm sure she rarely "provokes"! If you need a mini retreat today, visit Sue's Myspace and enjoy a few of her songs. She will be featured on an upcoming episode of Catholic Moments, but I don't want you to wait until then to enjoy her art.
So today, I'm going to work on honoring my parents (even if it's from a distance), by praying for them and not provoking my children by being spiritually, physically and emotionally present to them.
I'm hoping for a great day!
USCCB - (NAB) - October 29, 2008