This Sunday is Father’s Day. I’m reminded, as I think back on the Holy Land trip, that Jesus had two fathers. One was obviously God who called Jesus His beloved child in whom he was well pleased. The other was the of forgotten Joseph. Joseph was with Jesus for much of his first thirty years. Joseph taught him what it meant to be a man; a Galilean man, a working man, a man who provided what was needed for his family, a care taking man, a loving man, a man who confronted evil in whatever form, a mentoring man, a man worth of being followed by other men and women.
I do not believe that Jesus was born with everything he needed to become what he would become. I do believe there was something deep within him at his birth that allowed him to learn, discern, and live as he lived. That said, someone had to teach him what it meant to “live a life worthy of the calling he had received,” as Paul so aptly stated to his protege, Timothy. On this Father’s Day I will be exploring the lost art of mentoring, guiding and leading as men. We seem to have lost most of our rites of passage, and even so much of what defined us as father’s and men. I’ll explore this further this Sunday. To prepare read, i Kings 3:5-12.