Todays, December 23, first reading is from the Prophet Malachi 3: 1-4, 23-34.
"Lo I will send you Elijah the prophet,
Before the day of the Lord come,
the great and terrible day,
To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the land with doom."
I briefly meditated about this and though how sorely we need fathers to cherish their children. Abortion, promiscuity, child abandonment by fathers, is wreaking havoc on families.
Fathers need to have their hearts turned to their children.
Children don't want the next toy, they want time with their daddys.
Working with a senior population, I am all too aware of elder neglect. So many seniors I know are yearning for time with their children. But the children, now adults, are too busy.
And so now the hearts of children need to be turned back to their fathers, and mothers, as well.
Come Lord and heal all hearts.