Father’s Day is a celebration of the gift of fathers to the world, so I thought it was appropriate to compare the celebration to the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. The Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is a mystery that no one can ever fully comprehend. What we do know for sure, is that the Trinity loves each and every one of us as if we were the last people on earth. I believe that the Father’s love for the Son and vice versa is a wonderful analogy to the love that a father should bear for his son, and vice versa.
Jesus tells us, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48). This commandment tells us that to truly love our heavenly Father, we must strive to be like Him. I know I can say, personally, that this is similar to how a son acts towards a loving father. Our earthly fathers love us so much, and as children we are inspired and strive to be like them. We are so touched by their loving care, and we return that love a hundred fold, with a child-like innocence. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me” (Matt. 19:14). As the little children came to Jesus, who was such a loving father figure to them, so too should we look to our own fathers, who have hopefully been very loving figures in our lives. No matter the circumstances surrounding a family, no matter the personal differences, the love that fathers bear their children is, I believe, a taste of the love that the Most Holy Trinity bears for us, as well as the love that each member of the Trinity bears for each other.
Just think…”God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that those who believe might not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Christ, both God and man, knew that His Father loved Him infinitely, and that the ultimate sacrifice He was sent to make was out of boundless love for the Father’s children. So, too, would a loving father sacrifice everything in order to save his children. As children of the Father, we have the example of Christ to follow, who so loved His Father that He gave His life in order that the Father’s will be done.
So this Father’s Day, we should look to our fathers and see Christ in them, especially in the love that they bear for us. In recognizing the love that our earthly fathers have for us, we come one step closer to our Father in heaven. For those whose fathers have been called home to the Father, know that they are experiencing a love so infinitely deep that they cannot help but want us to partake in it.
Pray without ceasing, friends!
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