Today is the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Well, here we are again with “Ordinary Time.” We haven’t had one of these Sundays since before Lent and that was back in late February. We operate under these rather dull titles now until the Feast of Christ the King and will close out the ecclesiastical year in November. Today is also the great American celebration of Father’s Day and happily enough there is a connection between the liturgical cycle and the American experience. Today’s Gospel from St. Mark is all about seed – life being passed on, the next generation growing up and the awesome and beautiful reality of life continues.
Fathers. Our society salutes them today and well it should because fathers are crucially important to the well being of every family. I will pass over the temptation to bemoan their absence in so many of our families and the damage that is done by that absence, and concentrate on the extraordinary good that comes from a father being present in our all important nuclear social unit.
Mothers and fathers each bring awesomely important but distinct gifts to the individual family. Their presence together compliments the two of them in a way that creates an extraordinary strong bond and ambience for a healthy and productive family structure enabling the children to move forward in life with the best possible advantages both material and spiritual.
Let’s hear it for all our fathers! God bless them one and all.