In today's first reading, 1 Thes 2: 9-13, St. Paul reminds his brothers and sisters that they "proclaimed to [them] the Gospel of God" with much "toil and drudgery. We "treated each one of you as a father treats his children, exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into his Kingdom and glory."
As I reflected upon that passage, the thought came to me that each one of us could paraphrase this in terms of how our parents and how they passed on the faith to us. They preached the Gospel to us by their limitless effort to clothe us, feed us, and provide opportunities for our education. Yes, they passed on their commitment to the Gospel with much "toil and drudgery". They exhorted and encouraged us and insisted that we "walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls [us to this very day] into his Kingdom and glory."
Thank you, mom and dad. Thank you, grandparents. Thank you, teachers. Thank you, pastors and fellow parishioners. Thank you, God!
May we, like those before us, continue to live the Gospel by our lives!