Jake and Brett, joined again by their friend and ally Sean O’Brien, continue a three part series unpacking a powerful homily given by Fr. Joe Fitzgerald at the Men’s Retreat in September 2019.
- The second part of the homily is about the Father’s love
- Fr. Joe shows a move clip of a commercial with a father and a son (see link below in the Resources section)
- We can identity with both sons in the prodigal son story
- We are called to become the Father
- We can have false images of God the Father
- We are all called into an ongoing conversion of heart where we see the Father as He truly is, not as we assume He is
- Having our image and impression of God healed is a core journey of heart for men
- We can encounter God the Father through other good men who are good fathers
- We can invite people into what brings us joy and share that with them
- The story of the prodigal son might be the greatest story ever told
- A possible way to articulate the journey of Christianity is from obligation and tradition (OT) to encounter and relationship (ER)
- Reflecting on the gaze of the Father is very good but can also be uncomfortable
- What struck you from this episode?
- What struck you about the TV commercial Fr. Joe referenced?
- What is your image or picture of God the Father?
- What do I love to do that brings me joy? How could I shared that with others?
- What comes up for you when you consider the gaze of Father toward you?
- How did Sean’s story about looking at his son at school impact you?
- What might that reveal about your comfort level with intimacy with God?
- Bouygues Christmas 2018 Video clip
- “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then…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 11:11-13)
- “…unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3)