Like a child at home...
Sunday our culture celebrates Father’s Day and the Church celebrates Trinity Sunday. While this day may invite us to bring our memories of our own childhoods-- or to make them if we are fathers of our own children-- Trinity Sunday may bring less earthbound thoughts to mind. It’s the day, we are told, we celebrate less an event than a doctrine. Yet Trinity Sunday tells its own story. Indeed, the story of a Creator Parent who goes out searching in the garden of creation calling out to find us-- "Where are you?" It's the story of the Son coming forth from the Father into a far-off country, seeking out lost daughters and sons to bring them to a banquet back at home. It’s the story of the Spirit gathering all the children into the fold of loving arms to keep us there forever. Trinity Sunday isn't about a doctrine as much as the story of God claiming us as beloved children.
Come home to St. John’s on Sunday to celebrate both these days. Remember and celebrate your fathers, whoever they may be or have been in your life. Celebrate your gift of fatherhood if you are a man-- whether you are mentor, a teacher, an adoptive or biological father. Come and celebrate that we have been called children of a heavenly Father-- no more strangers or guests, but like a child at home as the hymn puts it. And here is an extra gift-- a poem. Those Winter Sundays, maybe the most famous poem of the great African American poet Robert Hayden.
Blessings, and Happy Fathers Day.
Those Winter Sundays
by Robert Hayden
Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.
I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.
When the rooms were warm, he’d call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,
Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, what did I know
of love’s austere and lonely offices?