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In preparation for Father’s day

28 May 2015, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Events

The C.M.O. (Catholic men organization) of my Parish started their retreat this evening in preparation for the celebration of Father’s day on Sunday. I was happy to be with them to admonish and encourage their faith, and to remind them of their responsibilities as fathers. The following is the summary of what I said to them:

FatherhoodThis evening you begin your retreat in preparation for the celebration of Father’s day on Sunday. I rejoice with you as we all join you in thanking God for the gift of fatherhood. Father’s day celebration is a reminder of your call to a higher responsibility to your family, the family of the Church and the world at large. The father figure should not be over looked, it is important. Scholars says that there are 1,153 father references in the bible, which is almost three times the number for mother. This is not an attempt to water down the importance of mothers, the mothers are equally very important to the family, to the Church and to the society.

When we look around our homes, we observe that everything has its purpose. The chairs are there to help us sit and relax, the windows for ventilation, the air conditioner to cool the rooms and so are many other appliances in the home. God in his wisdom has placed the father in the home or family for a purpose. Almost every man can be a father, but not every father can play the role of a father in he home. As you begin your retreat, let it be a celebration of thanksgiving, a reminder and a call.

Let you retreat be full of thanksgiving, thanking God for the gift of fatherhood. Many of you have been fathers for years, some are just learning to be fathers while still others are waiting to be fathers. We all thank God for what he has done, for what he is doing and by faith for what he is going to do. On a day like this we thankfully ask the Lord to continue to journey with us as a family and as a Church.

Father’s day celebration is also a reminder of our roles as Christian fathers. FathersThe modern society may have watered down these responsibilities but the word of God remains unchanged, the bible insist on the roles of the Christian fathers. God has placed man as the head of the family not to lord over but to love the family, to be not just the head but a husband and a father. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church, his body, and is himself its savior. Eph. 5:23. To be a husband is more than having a wife and to be a father is more than having a child or children, more is expected. St. paul says; “husbands, love your wives, as Christ love the Church and gave himself up for her… Eph. 5:25. Paul makes the role of the father clearer when he said, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Eph. 6:4. The role of he father is to lead his family into God’s presence just as Christ leads the Church into the presence of the heavenly father. The father’s attention in the home cannot be over emphasized, he should be a role model to the wife and children. His loving presence and protection should command the respect of his wife and the obedience of the children. Be a man of prayer and teach your children to pray, continuously lead your family in the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We join you all today to thank God and to pray with you for the wisdom to continue the fatherly role God has entrusted to you.

I want to use this opportunity to call on every man in this Parish to be a registered member of the Christian Men Organization (C.M.O.). C.M.O. is not just a society in the Church, it is the umbrella under which all Catholic men gathers. The Church see every Catholic man as members of the C.M.O., it is not optional. I therefore call on all men in this Parish to be registered.

Once again, I congratulate you all and pray God to continuously grant you the wisdom to bring your household into his presence.