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Pastoral Message In Honor Of Father's Day

 

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Start your children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.” Ephesians 6:4, Proverbs 22:6

 

June, 2024

 

We are living in a time of confusion where many pressures cause fathers to question their role in the family. So much stress is impressed on them. It becomes an opportunity for fathers to reflect and the real responsibility that they accepted when they became fathers. 

 

As much as the role and identity of the father is being diminished, redefined by cultural trends and/or demands of a few, it becomes a time for fathers to become more committed. Our Lord Himself is a father’s paradigm when one’s identity is challenged. Let us remain responsible in our commitment to our children by teaching them by our examples more than our words. It is helpful for a father to encourage the children to go to Church, it is, however, the example of a father going to Church with their mother & children that teaches and gives our young people the encouragement to do so themselves. 

 

As a spiritual father to many, I have had the blessing of visiting with hundreds of men over the years. The following words have never been spoken: “I wish I worked harder so that I can give my kids more stuff.”  What I do hear is “I wish I spent more time teaching, being a real father to my child and being with my kids, because I didn’t see them grow up…I don’t know where the time went.”   Friends, let us be the best and most committed fathers and husbands we can. Let us teach our children to be respectful & selfless men and women, by being respectful and selfless to our wives; let us teach them a good work ethic doesn’t mean compromising family; let us teach them kindness and mercy by being kind and merciful. By doing so, we may in fact become better in all the other aspects of our lives. 

 

Let us begin every day with the sage words of the Prophet Micah guiding us,  

“Act justly, be merciful, and walk humbly.”

 

From one father to another, and with brotherly love, Happy Father’s Day!             

Rev. Father Christ Kontos, Protopresbyter

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