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Father's Day Sermon

Today is Father’s Day. To say that this is a religious occasion in GB is a total misnomer as its origins in the USA are largely national and commercial. In other countries fathers are celebrated on various days. In many Catholic countries on St Joseph’s Day in March. Sue and I always lose out with regard to our Auckland daughter as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have quite different dates in NZ and we miss out on both! Here in Britain, we follow the American lead, though, a National Holiday there since the 1960’s.

I don’t want to be a spoilsport but realistically it is another occasion to buy gifts – ties, socks, wine and so on – to thank our fathers and has none of the deep significance of Mother’s Day which the Church celebrates on a wider front as Mothering Sunday.

The problem is that for some, unfortunately, their experience of one parent or another has been less that positive. And to speak today of fathers we need to be very sensitive. For some we need to speak symbolically of the Christian ideal of fatherhood. Hence my choice of the parable of the Prodigal Son, one of the best-loved st