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691 - The economic independence of the parents

05-Nov-2017 - Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Word of God

Rather, we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children. With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us. You recall, brothers, our toil and drudgery. Working night and day in order not to burden any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God….And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe. 1Thes 2,7b-9.13


Paul, sometimes so harsh and hard, is even touching on the today reading. He has precisely the attitude of a father with the church of Thessalonica, who goes from the firmness about the principles to the affectionate tenderness. He, having transferred the gospel and the faith to the brothers in that community, feels for them the same feelings as a parent for their sons. A father-son relationship so strong and high was created, such that he did not want to disturb them, not even asking for an economic support for his material needs: "You recall, brothers, our toil and drudgery. Working night and day not to burden any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God”. We take the opportunity which this letter of Paul gives us, to tell you about a family topic of some importance: the economic independence of the parents, even when they are elderly,versus their sons. The family balance is based on the assumption that the parents have the duty to educate the sons, to make them growing and to be a model of life for them, supporting them at all the stages of the growth. The combination of these components defines the educational role of the parents. If one of them fails, it impoverishes their parental figure. Since their sons, even when they are financially independent and live on their own, always need at least the model of the parents, it is essential that the parents remain economically independent. When this is lacking, a deformation of the behaviors occur, such as lack of esteem and respect, to the detriment of the ones and of the others. Because, over the years, this self-sufficiency is not always possible, it would be suggestible that the political and social system would take into greater account the autonomy and dignity of the elderly people.


Anna Maria Rossi e Pierluigi Castaldi
via Gaudenzio Ferrari, 29 - 21047 Saronno (VA) ITALY