March 27, 2024 Daily Devotion

Duties Towards Parents

Yesterday I shared the inspired words of God and a reflection from Sirach chapter 2. Today’s inspired word and reflection comes from Sirach chapter 3. In essence, this chapter is a roadmap for the fourth commandment: “Honor your father and mother.” To honor your mother and father is a commandment, not a suggestion. For obedience God atones for our sins, we store up riches, are gladdened by children, and will live a long life. Indeed, there are great perks for obedience! 

“Children, pay heed to a father’s right; do so that you may live for the Lord sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority over he confirms over her sons. He who honors his father atones for sins; he stores us riches who reveres his mother. He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard. He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the Lord who brings comfort to his mother. 

He who fears the Lord honors his father and serves his parents as rulers. In word and deed honor your father that his blessing gives a family firm roots, but a mother’s curse uproots the growing plant. My son take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength. For kindness to a father will not be forgotten. It will serve as a sin offering—it will take lasting root.  

Indeed, there are some great perks for obedience!

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

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