June 16, 2019
Dear Parishioners of St. James:
Praised be Jesus Christ!
It is fitting that Father’s Day falls on the Solemnity of
the Most Blessed Trinity. Human fathers reflect God the Father
in many distinctive ways. God the Father loves His children,
provides for them, blesses them, disciplines them, teaches them,
and gives an example to follow. All fatherhood comes from
Fathers choose to love their children. Their gift to their
children comes from claiming them as his own. God the Father
spoke three times in the New Testament, always affirming His
Son. At Christ’s Baptism, the Father said: “This is my beloved
Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). On Mount
Tabor, the Father’s voice came out of the cloud saying: “This is
my beloved Son, listen to Him” (Mk. 9:7). Finally, when Jesus
called upon His Father to glorify His name, the Father replied:
“I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again” (Jn.
12:28). Fathers affirm their children in their identity as His
own. Fathers tell their children that they love them. Fathers tell
their children of the promise that is theirs in God.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
Spirit! The creator of heaven and earth is my Father. Our identity as sons and daughters comes from our Father in Heaven. He
loves us, affirms us and calls us to great promise. May all human fatherhood, that has its origin in God, reflect God the
Father’s love for His Son, Jesus Christ, in the love of the Holy
God bless you,
HIS HOLINESS, POPE FRANCIS
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