Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Thursday 2 May 2019
"the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things…...He whom God has sent speaks the words of God….” John 3, 31
What do you talk about with your husband , your wife, your friends ?? Why would your child believe you that it is good to study , to read, if he were sees you reading a book , to look into some exciting topics, to argue about it , to make the rounds !? In your room are there one or two open books by your bedside ? Do you go to libraries , museums , picture galleries , attend scientific symposiums , do you take your child with you !? When your child comes home after school what does he see when he looks at you, how do you spend the Sundays, public holidays ? Do you take some reading material with you when you go on holidays , travelling at least one book ? ? Do you talk with your husband, wife in front of your child about literary , scientific questions, do you talk over spiritual questions that are of interest to youth you recently read , or are you only occupied by monetary , material things, the argumentative solving of momentary problems with your other half ??
Lets start with ourselves the upbringing , disciplining of our children, whatever there is that we would not like to see in our children lets nice and quietly root out from ourselves , and lets start putting into practice quickly and placing it high on our list of priorities those values , virtues that we miss seeing in our children !!
If we really value highly knowledge, studying , the curious wonderment of the beauties, secrets, truths of our world then quite certainly my child is also going to put his hand out towards these treasures !! But if none of this is of any interest for me , then lets not be surprised if my child performs poorly at school , keeps failing , and is longing after my dusty, earthly possessions , talks about them !! Children learn by experience !!
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : our children in a library prior to a performance .
The Word of God
The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true. He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.