Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Children and Parents
A reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (6:1-9):
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise, “that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.
[Slaves and Masters] Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, willingly serving the Lord and not human beings, knowing that each will be requited from the Lord for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. Masters, act in the same way toward them, and stop bullying, knowing that both they and you have a Master in heaven and that with him there is no partiality.
Some of my friends are leaving to go back home today. They have lived near me for nearly two years. They are very nice people and I love them. They were renting a house, but the house has been sold.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord, the Son of God, given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“Love all your brothers and sisters My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters living in every part of the world. Our heavenly Father gave the Ten Commandments to Moses and one of these commandments says, ‘Honor your father and mother that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth.’ This commandment is very important for children. They are to love their parents and to obey them not only when they are young, but also when they are adults. Sons and daughters who do not respect their parents will not live long on earth. It happens too much these days that sons or daughters leave home and do not want to have any relationship with their parents. Some are gone for years and do not even phone their parents at times. This is a completely wrong way to act. You are to love your parents as you love Me.
“The parents are to love their children and take good care of them. They should be well fed and dressed. Parents should not beat their children and should not do anything evil towards them. Yes, parents can demand obedience from their children, but they should not insult them. Do not get angry at them, but forgive them for anything wrong they have done. What is very important is to have this great love among all the members of the family. I love you all.”