Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
We are all called to sacrifice, but for all our sacrifices…we get some pretty nice rewards….
As single parents it may feel as if we have made many sacrifices and gave up many things in order to raise our children as we have.
Being a single parent can limit our employment opportunities, and therefore also our income potential, it can also limit our social lives, ability to travel, and sometimes even to just kick back and do whatever we want for a few hours.
We may feel as if we have given up a lot…or we may not feel that way; however we feel we can all agree that being single parents has had an impact on our lives…they are very different than they would have been if we had been partnered parents, or just plain single.
However, as Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel, sometimes we have to make some sacrifices in order to received amazing gifts…like being able to raise our children on our own, and build a strong bond.
That said, being a single parent can have it’s scary moments, tiring moments, and times when we can feel overwhelmed by it all. That is when having faith helps! Faith that God is with us always, and surrounds us with Grace and love, that supports us through our days.
Sometimes a little faith is all we need…and for that faith we are rewarded by long hours of reading stories, playtime, watching the same videos over and over and over…then later on, helping them our kids with homework, relationship problems…teaching them how to drive (followed by lectures about their driving habits, tickets, etc…) and being able to share their journey with them as they grow into adults.
When we weigh what we may have given up against all that we have gained, we really have not sacrificed at all, as we have been given so much in the love of our children, the support of our loved ones, and the grace of God.
Let us Pray
God, thank you for the many gifts you have given us. When our faith falters, when we get tired or frustrated, help us not to focus on what we may have given up but to give thanks for all we have gained, most of all the love of our children; a gift we are truly grateful for!