And so I am writing to you this morning, fathers, because the truth that John explained to the Christians so long ago (dating back to the late 1st century) remains true today. We know the truth because we have been taught the Truth. We know the Truth because each of has experienced the Truth. We all know that Jesus is the Christ, the redeemer sent to save us from all of our sins. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. It is our responsibility to pass this truth on to our children. I want to share with you an excerpt the introduction to 1st letter of John that our first reading this morning is taken from…
The purpose of the letter is to combat certain false ideas, especially about Jesus, and to deepen the spiritual and social awareness of the Christian community (1 Jn 3:17). Some former members (1 Jn 2:19) of the community refused to acknowledge Jesus as the Christ (1 Jn 2:22) and denied that he was a true man (1 Jn 4:2). The specific heresy described in this letter cannot be identified exactly, but it is a form of docetism or gnosticism; the former doctrine denied the humanity of Christ to insure that his divinity was untainted, and the latter viewed the appearance of Christ as a mere stepping-stone to higher knowledge of God. These theological errors are rejected by an appeal to the reality and continuity of the apostolic witness to Jesus. The author affirms that authentic Christian love, ethics, and faith take place only within the historical revelation and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The fullness of Christian life as fellowship with the Father must be based on true belief and result in charitable living; knowledge of God and love for one another are inseparable, and error in one area inevitably affects the other. Although the author recognizes that Christian doctrine presents intangible mysteries of faith about Christ, he insists that the concrete Christian life brings to light the deeper realities of the gospel.
So I am asking all of you fathers reading this to speak the truth of the Gospel to your children. Not just by saying to them that “Jesus is Lord.“, but teaching them this truth by every act that you do. Become Holy, just as Jesus was Holy; become generous and forgiving; become strong in the faith; receive the sacraments and be thankful for them. Walk the walk that Jesus showed you. Talk the talk that Jesus spoke to you. Become that man of God that you are capable of being. Lead your children to the redemption promised them. So let’s repeat this one more time….
I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
Do not love the world or the things of the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world,
sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life,
is not from the Father but is from the world.
Yet the world and its enticement are passing away.
But whoever does the will of God remains forever.
Do something great for our Lord today – live the credo’s noted below. Show your children the faith you have in God. You are a father – behave as one.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.