“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Deuteronomy 5:16

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Honour your father and your mother,

as the Lord your God commanded you…

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– Deuteronomy 5:16 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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The fourth commandment obliges all,

but especially those who want to be good Christians,

to give their help and affection to their parents

even though this may demand sacrifice on their part.

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They can do this each day in a thousand little ways,

and the fulfilment of the commandment becomes particularly important

when their parents are elderly

or their circumstances render them more in need of help.

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God repays with happiness

those who lovingly carry out their filial duties towards their parents,

even though such duties may sometimes weigh heavily on them.

This commandment is one of the obligations God has committed to us

that is most acceptable and pleasing to Him.

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When we have true love for God,

we can find the right way of showing love to our parents,

even if they may not have been perfect.

We must seek to love them like God loves us, unconditionally,

always remembering that the love of God is selfless, patient, kind,

and keeps no record of wrongs.

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When we love and honour our parents as we should,

we are at the same time loving and honouring God – our Father in Heaven,

our divine Parent.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Heavenly Father, forgive me for whenever I may have lacked my parents in love.

Help me always love like You love..

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Note: The main source of today’s REFLECTION is the seven-volume work

“In Conversation with God” by Padre Francisco Fernández Carvajal.

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