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June 18, 2017

posted Jun 21, 2017, 12:46 PM by Susan Fernandez

As we celebrated Father’s Day this week, we are reminded how much we learn – and have left to learn – during our life’s journey. Pastor told a story of a young boy asking his grandfather how old he was. 67, the man tells him. In amazement, the boy says “Wow! Did you start at 1?”

Indeed, we all started at a place where we knew nothing and had to be taught and grow to become who we are today. No matter how important we may think we are today, or how busy, or stressed, or in control, we all had to rely on others to grow. We didn’t ask at 1. It was given to us freely by our families, friends, communities. The nurturing, education, love, support that built us up was all a gift given with nothing expected in return.

But now that we are older, we do have a responsibility to pay it forward. To give of ourselves to those now starting out – whether it’s a child at 1 or someone in need starting over. And through that giving, we also find we continue to learn and grow to know God’s love better, to fulfill God’s mission, to share God’s good news.

Reread Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 and how Jesus sends his disciples, and by extension each of us, out into the world to spread God’s words and work to those who need and accept it. For we all started somewhere. And we grow by sharing those gifts that were shared with us at 1. 

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