Wednesday 28th August 2019 Reflection


Surely there are some quite different styles of parenting. Today, Jesus tells the scribes and Pharisees that they are doing exactly what their fathers have done in the past – they shed the blood of the prophets. Certainly that is not a very positive image of fatherhood. But them Paul gives a better view of parenthood. He tells the Thessalonians that he has worked hard for them, and treated them right and fairly, just as a good father would treat his children. A good father would teach his children what is right. And that is not just about fathers; any good teacher, superior, manager, leader is called to do likewise. For every Christian, one of the spiritual works of mercy is to instruct the ignorant.


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