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<< Wednesday, April 5, 2000 >> St. Vincent Ferrer
Isaiah 49:8-15
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Psalm 145 John 5:17-30
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"The Father loves the Son and everything the Father does He shows Him." —John 5:20

A home-schooling father once quoted the above Scripture verse in a talk he gave to a group of fathers. He said that, as a father, he has tried to imitate God the Father by loving his sons and daughters and showing them everything he does, as much as possible.

God delivered King Hezekiah from a terminal illness and granted him fifteen extra years of life (Is 38:5). Hezekiah seemed to understand God's purpose for his new life, saying: "Fathers declare to their sons, O God, Your faithfulness" (Is 38:19). Three years later, he fathered a son named Manasseh (2 Kgs 21:1). Hezekiah had twelve years left to live, but he put his energies into his projects. He proudly showed his political allies everything (see 2 Kgs 20:13, 15). Sadly, he didn't take time to show much or "declare God's faithfulness" to his young son. Hezekiah died, and Manasseh took over the kingdom at age twelve (2 Kgs 21:1). This boy was king for fifty-five years, and was one of the most evil kings Israel ever had (2 Kgs 21:11, 16). By contrast, St. Joseph quietly spent His life loving his Foster-Son Jesus and showing Him everything he knew. Jesus grew up to be the greatest "King of the Jews" (Jn 19:19), the King of kings (Rv 19:16).

St. Paul advised: "Fathers, do not anger your children" (Eph 6:4). It is tempting for a father to take the short-term, easy way out and yell at his children. Instead, fathers are called to invest their lives patiently bringing their children "up with the training and instruction befitting the Lord" (Eph 6:4). Fathers are not to nag children, since they might lose heart (Col 3:21). A child wants his father to show him the ropes. He can lose heart when his busy father hands him a "how-to" video.

Whatever the father does, the son does likewise (see Jn 5:19).

Prayer: Lord, turn the hearts of fathers to their children (Mal 3:24).
Promise: "The Lord comforts His people and shows mercy to His afflicted." —Is 49:13
Praise: St. Vincent's motto was: "Whatever you do, think not of yourself, but of God."
(This teaching was submitted by one of our editors.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, October 4, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 12, 1999
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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