Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith — being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire — may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Through Christ, we have received an inheritance from our perfect parent…God! We have been given a new life, a new promise, that we belong to the family of God, and as such belong to the promise that in the Kingdom of God we will no longer know pain, suffering or death…and we have been given this gift for free…paid for in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
In faith we are called to share this inheritance with the world, especially our children…
And we can leave a rich inheritance to our children, and not just in terms of material things, as our children can learn much from us about what it means to live in faith, to live in the light of the resurrection: both from what we tell them and from what we show them!
Clearly, none of us are perfect and can fall short in our lessons to our children…while meeting the challenges of single parenting it is not surprising that mistakes are made, and that we are not always good examples of the Gospel in action, we don’t always live our faith out loud; however, it is because we can be imperfect witnesses that it is important for us to handle our mistakes well, to admit to when we are wrong, make amends, and then use these amends to teach our children a more positive lesson about how to treat others (and themselves) with compassion, consideration and care.
Even in the midst of our imperfections we can show our what it means to live lives of faith, that we are not always called to do everything right, and are loved in spite of falling short, as long as we make an effort to follow the example of Christ, by reaching out to others (and ourselves) with the forgiveness and the grace of God.
Let us Pray
God, thank you for the gifts you have given to us through Christ, through faith, and through each other. Please help us to model Christ in all that we do…to do our best to live our faith out loud, and to forgive ourselves and others when we fall short; just as you have already forgiven us. Please help us to pass on our inheritance to our children…teaching them what it means to be a child of God in all that we do.