Is there any father among you who, if your son asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish?… If you then who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11)
What I love about metaphysics is that you take a passage and look for the nurturing inner substance. When we speak of males in the Bible we are speaking of masculine providing and protecting qualities. This Sunday is Father’s Day and so let us look for the inner substance in this passage.
In the midst of a normal day, one that is unfolding smoothly, there comes an inner awareness or nudge that indicates we are hungry, it’s soon time for lunch.
Now we all truly know how to take care of ourselves. we know we need exercise, and nourishment and love, even those of us who are evil know this. Evil, in this case is those of us who are ignorant of their Higher Self or choose to ignore it. It doesn’t matter what consciousness we are in, we know the foods that are best for us.
It continues with, “you wouldn’t give a stone” when the inner hunger pangs wants a fish. Now we are talking of patterns of unconsciousness. Fast food restaurants thrive on unconscious patterns.
What does this have to do with Father’s Day?
Since males in the Bible represent our dominant thought patterns, and we learn to live in the world through examples we received from our parents, I believe that it is through our fathers that we learn to stand up for ourselves and to value and respect ourselves enough to take care of ourselves in ways our mothers and fathers would appreciate.
For those fathers who love, support and encourage their children , they learned this parenting pattern from their fathers. So the next time you’re feeling a hunger pang or your children want to be fed, remember this is a moment of learning.
How you respond will be passed down to the next generation. How will you respond? Will you make them lunch or grab some chips from a convenience store?
To those fathers and mothers who are connected to Spirit, the Holy Spirit guides us in choosing to make or pack or purchase fresh foods that nourish our bodies, yes; but even more importantly, the choices we make nurture the life long relationship that endues for many lifetimes.
Happy Father’s Day