This Sunday, on the first day of summer, we celebrate Father’s Day and so give thanks to God for the gift of fatherhood.
We know that the supreme model of fatherhood is God our heavenly Father. God is love and as Saint John the Evangelist tells us, “In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins” (I John 4:10). God always provides for us, He always invites us to share in His life, and He promises us eternal life with Him forever.
We also know that our saintly model of fatherhood is found in Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Guardian of the Redeemer. Joseph was the righteous man who followed the will of the Lord in his life. We see this quite clearly in him having taken Mary as his wife, at the Birth of the Christ Child, at the flight into Egypt, at home in Nazareth, and in his happy death.
On this Sunday, we pray for all fathers, that God our heavenly Father will abundantly bless them, and that, through the intercession of Saint Joseph, they will be strengthened in their unique vocation as husband and father.