Saturday, January 7, 2012

From the Mouths of Babes...

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My son Lachlan called my wife “Babe” the other day!

Tanya had expressed some frustration over something or other and little Lachlan asked, “What’s the matter Babe?”  I was in the living room, Tanya was in the kitchen and we both burst out laughing.

My son Lachlan called my wife “Babe” the other day!

Tanya had expressed some frustration over something or other and little Lachlan asked, “What’s the matter Babe?”  I was in the living room, Tanya was in the kitchen and we both burst out laughing.

I’ve been calling Tanya “Babe” since we started dating.  What really surprises me is that the little parrots in our house haven’t called her “Babe” sooner. 

Both of our kids like to repeat what we say and do.      

If I’m pretending to sleep, Lachlan will lie down beside me and fake a snore.  As I drive, I often tell other drivers to “c’mon get going!”  What do I hear behind me, but Ava telling anyone whose listening to “c’mon get going!”

Yes...the little parrots sure do like to repeat what we say and do.

For the most part, this is just fine, until they repeat things that perhaps even we adults shouldn’t say...

To my embarrassment (Grandma overheard it) Lachlan was walking around the house this past Sunday saying, “Oh____!”  (you fill in the blank!)

Now before you judge me too harshly, I wish to remind you that even you have said things you shouldn’t have when you’ve mashed your thumb with a hammer or spilt hot coffee onto your lap!

Often, these little embarrassing moments serve as a reminder that people in general are not impacted by what we ‘say’, but by what we ‘do’.  Although this is most evident with children, the reality is, it is true with all people.

I am reminded of Jesus’ words to His disciples, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” Jn. 13:34-35

Now Jesus the Great Teacher did not have “Do as I say not as I do” as His motto.  Jesus clearly demonstrated love in the actions of His life and ministry.  Most importantly, His love for us impelled Him to give His life on the cross.

The Great Teacher was not merely a Man of words, but a Man of action.  This is why He is so convincing!  You just can’t argue with someone who puts it all on the line.

 

So how will people know that I am a disciple of Jesus?

Will they know because I go to mass each Sunday?  Will they know because I work for the Church?  Will they know because we pray before our meals?  Will they know when I share my faith in conversation?

While all of this is good (indeed very good), the Great Teacher suggests that they will not necessarily know because of these things.  They will however, know by my love for others.  In other words, like the parrots living in my house, they will be impacted more by what I ‘do’ rather than just by what I ‘say’ because love after all, is a verb.

So, do people know that I am a disciple of Jesus?

I like to think that most people do.  I am afraid that there are a few who do not.  And I suppose for a few others, the jury may still be out.

At any rate, life is about progress and not perfection and thanks be to God for the Great Teacher who refuses to give up on me.  After all, when it comes to His love for us, He put it all on the line!

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Patrick Clarke

Patrick Clarke is the Administrator of the Cathedral of the Holy Family.  He is married to Tanya.  Together, they have two children: Ava (7) and Lachlan (4) and they are expecting their third child in February, 2013