Would you like to hear a story, child? Come sit upon my knee.
This is how your life began, how we became a family.
Within your motherʼs womb another father gave the seed.
But she couldnʼt care for you alone, and God has chosen me.
O the Father woke me from my dreams,
And in my heart a love conceived.
Will you take this child as your own?
Will you give this child a home?
All the love that he deserves I want him to receive,
To know the Fatherʼs love in this family.
So Iʼll set down my hammer now to hold you in my hands.
Do you know how much I love you? O with time youʼll understand
How to build a house of prayer, how to serve your family,
And how to thank our God for giving us the bread we eat.
O the greatest gift I have received,
When God entrusted you to me.
When I took you, child, as my own,
Gave my heart to be your home.
All the love that you deserve I want you to receive,
To share the Fatherʼs love in this family.
You have taught me what it means to become Godʼs family.
He did not leave us orphans, He welcomed us
To be His adopted daughters and sons.
When you took us Lord as your own,
To give every child a home.
Heavenʼs love so undeserved you willed us to receive.
To know the Fatherʼs love,
To reveal the Fatherʼs love,
Joining us as one in this family.
A reflection on the nature of fatherhood, accepting the call to adoption, and our shared identity as adopted children of God through baptism.
(Matthew 1:18-25; Ephesians 1:3-14; Galatians 4:4-7; Romans 8:14-17)