Sunday Reflection for Fathers Day, by S. Mary Beth Gianoli, OSF

Reflection for June 16, 2013
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: 2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13
Second Reading: Galatians 2:16, 19-21

Gospel: Luke 7:36-8:3
Reflection
Today’s readings speak of love, blessing, and forgiveness.  We are reminded that our God loves us even when we don’t deserve or earn that love.  How appropriate that these readings are used on the day we celebrate Fathers!
Pause for a moment to think about your biological dad or someone else who loved you into the person you are today.  What blessings come to mind?  How are you gifted by his unconditional love?
Now reflect on the love that our God showers on you.  In what ways are you nourished and offered peace through God’s love?
Today, celebrate the Father’s love.  In gratitude, remember that you are chosen, anointed, rescued, saved.  Share that love with your Dad and others who gift you with life.
Prayer
Father God, continue to nourish us with your love.  Bless us with the courage to share this love in our daily living.  Help us to recognize our giftedness and grace us with the confidence to share those gifts with all of creation.  We ask this in your Son’s name.  Amen!

Mary Beth Gianoli, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg
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