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When I go to a wake, I ask the family questions about the deceased person to use for my homily the next day. I get information about the life, the job, the hobbies and the personality of the deceased person. 

Several times a year the family will remark…”Dad (or Mom) never, ever said an unkind word about anyone.” As I drive home after the wake, the only thing I can think about are the weeds that I sow about other people when I talk negatively about them. I shake my head because they will never be able to say that about me at my wake and funeral. It’s something for me to really work on!

This time of year, you and I enjoy eating watermelon. A watermelon comes from a tiny seed. Do you have any idea how many times a seed has to multiply itself to become a full-grown watermelon? 200,000 times!! When planted and nurtured a tiny watermelon seed will form a white rind, a delicious red heart and hundreds of other seeds, each capable of growing 200,000 times as well.

It’s a lot like the tiny mustard seed Jesus tells us about in today’s Gospel (Mark 4:26-34). Just imagine what you and I can do with the tiny Communion host that we take and eat with Jesus living inside of us. Imagine the love of Jesus growing 200,000 times inside of us. We’d be able to reach out to so many, many people who can use the love of Jesus today in their lives.

Love is the only thing in the whole world, that the more of it you give away, the more of it you wind up having for yourself.

On this Father’s Day, we realize that fathers so often give their love away. But some fathers have their doubts. One father had his doubts about how he was doing as a father. His own dad was mostly a shadow in his life growing up. His father worked long hours and everybody thought he was a great guy. But he was never home. So the son, who was now a father himself, wanted to be closer to his children, but he wasn’t always sure how to make this happen. 

One evening when his wife was away, he had to put his five-year old son to bed. He was about to lift him into bed when the child said, “But Daddy, I have to say my prayers.” He knelt down beside his bed and prayed, “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” And then he added, “Dear God, make me a great, big, good man, like my Daddy, Amen.”

Within a few minutes the boy was in bed and asleep. The father then knelt down next to his son and prayed, “Dear Lord, make me a great, big, good man, like my boy thinks I am.”

Thanks to Lisa Fotios for the picture. 

Who can YOU reach out to today and share the love of Jesus with so that it will then grow like a seed in them? Do say a special prayer for YOUR father on this Father’s Day.  


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