The homily delivered during today’s Mass gives us an opportunity to examine the role of Fathers given today being Father’s Day. Liken to the captain of a ship, the 4 essential pillars that a father has to constantly upholds to steer the ship through its many voyages.
1. A husband – To listen and learn from your other half who is the Chief Officer.
2. A provider – Not one who ensure supplies for the crew for their meals but include the spiritual provisions too.
3. A protector – Fending off pirate attacks that attempt to wrest control. Attacks of pride, lust, selfishness that rocks the stability of the ship – from within and outside.
4. A friend – A close relationship with your children is like a captain who knows his crew and their lives. Their strengths and weaknesses. A compassionate, fair, and concerned captain will encorage and motivate the crew when facing the roughest of weather.
The ship makes many calls during its journey. Sometimes through calm waters, many times through stormy seas. Like a captain, a father has to keep the ship afloat ensuring that the 4 pillars consisting of the bow, stern, portside, starboard, are well secured and stable to sail through whatever climate and conditions.
Wishing you a happy Father’s Day.