|Don't our children see us as the source|
that you need show you have not unjustly condemned.
For your might is the source of justice; your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all. For you show your might when the perfection of your power is disbelieved; and in those who know you, you rebuke temerity. But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency, and with much lenience you govern us; for power, whenever you will, attends you. And you taught your people, by these deeds, that those who are just must be kind; and you gave your children good ground for hope that you would permit repentance for their sins.
This reading really struck me this morning at Mass. It fit so well with what I was feeling as a parent, that we are the source of all things for our children. They are reliant on us for all their needs, their wants, and they hope: their desires. They look to us to care for them.
They look to us to be role models, teach them how to live well, give them tools that help them be successful in school, with relationships and work. We are their example of those who have might and justice.
Because God has called us to be parents we see through how He relates with us as how we are to relate to our children: For our part we are called to judge with clemency and let lenience govern us; looking at the whole picture of what we want for our children leads and guides us as to how we deal with each situation. Its not the small minute by minute action of our children but the overall that we must focus upon. We are to teach our children by our deeds, our good example, with kindness based on our goals, values and basic beliefs, through those we create the good ground for our children to grow.