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Mothers and Fathers

David “Reggie” R Vasquez, Visions Chairman

For the last seventeen years, I’ve been privileged to teach at a Catholic school (grades Pre-K through 8th grade).

And with little doubt in my mind a seventh grader needs considerable guidance, direction, and monitoring; and that is true even for the good kids! I mention this because 12 to 13 year-olds just seem to get into things they shouldn’t get into, and will always have an excuse for why they did what they did, regardless of whether it makes sense or not. In Luke 2:41-52 Jesus is a 12 year who causes His parents to wonder about the wisdom of His choices. We all know the story - Jesus is lost, His parents think he’s with others in the caravan of travelers and relatives, and then they can’t find him.

Have you ever lost something of value or importance to you? Have you ever lost someone or couldn’t find them? Have you not heard from someone you love in a very long time? At first you’re concerned, then you worry, and then possibly even panic. Can you imagine how Mary and Joseph felt when they couldn’t find 12 year old Jesus, especially considering the fact they had fled to Egypt to protect Him? They were certainly full of anxiety and apprehension when they started their search that led them back to Jerusalem. And when they find Him and asked Him why He has done this to them, His answer doesn’t even make sense to them. Yet Jesus returns with them to Nazareth, and was obedient to them, and advanced in wisdom, age, and favor before God. 

This gospel story has often, throughout the ages, been used by us and our parents as the prime example of showing honor, respect, and obedience to parents. May is a month dedicated to Mary who pondered all things in her heart and may not have fully understood all things her Son would or could become, but she had faith in God’s plan for Him. Today, our parents, and our spiritual parents Mary and Joseph, look to us to honor, respect, and to be obedient to God’s plan for us. 

One of the best ways to become a person of honor, respect, and obedience to our parents’ hopes, aspirations, and wishes is to be a good Knight of Columbus. Through membership in the Knights, we can embody and evangelize the faith and sacred life passed on to us. We can boldly share those many mysteries and marvels pondered by Our Mother Mary. We can boldly share in a Brotherhood of prayer and good works guided by faith. And we can boldly build up our domestic Church and the parishes and communities we inhabit.

As State Councils convene throughout the Order this month, the call for added effort in the area of membership recruitment is a certainty. We as current members owe other Catholic gentlemen the courtesy and respect of an invitation to join our Order.  Perhaps they too are lost and seek to be found so that they too may advance in wisdom and favor before God. With a strong Catholic presence as exemplified by Knights everywhere in Texas, people in our communities can tell there is a difference. Perhaps, we too were given a sacred trust to defend our faith and enlist others to join in the effort.  Ask another man to join us!  

Vivat Jesus! Viva Cristo Rey!


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