06 Aug The Words Every Human Being Longs to Hear (2 Pt 1:17) by Fr. Jonathan St. Andre
“For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory, ‘’his is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’“ ~ 2 Pt 1:17 (full readings)
Fr. Jonathan’s Reflections: Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. In this event of His transfiguration, His disciples get a foretaste of His glorious destiny even before He has defeated death on the cross and risen from the dead. Besides what they see with their eyes, the Scriptures tell us of a beautiful declaration God the Father makes to His Son: “This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” The Father expresses His deep, intimate love for His son and how proud He is of Him. These are words that every human being longs to hear from their father: “I love you…I’m proud of you…I am pleased with you.” Fathers and Mothers who take the risk of vulnerability in saying these words to their sons and daughters change the trajectory of the lives of the ones who hear it. Perhaps the young mother and father in crisis, might remember these words and have the courage to say them to the child in the womb by the action of openness to life. Perhaps they would say it if we also told those we come to know similar words of tenderness and affection.
* Fr. Jonathan St. André is a Franciscan Friar of the Third Order Regular (T.O.R.) and a Priest of God. He currently lives in Loretto, Pennsylvania where he is blessed to work with young Men seeking God’s will as Franciscan novices..
Faith Challenge: Remember in a quiet moment of prayer today that you are a beloved son/daughter of God and a brother of Jesus. From that awareness pray for the opportunity to tell someone close to you today the words they long to hear: “I love you and I am proud of you.”
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Feast Day: St. Agapitus: Martyr, deacon and companion of Pope Sixtus II in death. He was with the Pope when seized during the persecutions of Valerian. A father and one of his spiritual sons loved to the point of death.
Faith Quote: “In every living thing there is the desire for love.” ~ D.H. Lawrence
Through Christ our Lord,
Fr. Jonathan, T.O.R.