Speak Lord: Our Love

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The Lord honours the father in his children,
and upholds the rights of a mother over her sons.
Whoever respects his father is atoning for his sins,
he who honours his mother is like someone amassing a fortune.
Whoever respects his father will be happy with children of his own,
he shall be heard on the day when he prays.
Long life comes to him who honours his father,
he who sets his mother at ease is showing obedience to the Lord.
My son, support your father in his old age,
do not grieve him during his life.
Even if his mind should fail, show him sympathy,
do not despise him in your health and strength;
for kindness to a father shall not be forgotten
but will serve as reparation for your sins.

First reading for Feast of the Holy Family
Ecclesiasticus 3:3-7,14-17

The pattern of life God seeks to share with us – his love, his care, and in time our grateful response for the life we enjoy, sets the pattern for the life we are call ed to share with each other.

Often this sharing takes place in our families, but it is not to be confined there – love of God, love of neighbour, love of self, is the deepest pattern for love here on earth, which keeps particular family life healthy and strong.

Statue. Park Arts Museon, Moscow. (c) 2015, Allen Morris

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