Zoroastrian priests in white robes as a symbol of purity. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
As Father’s Day is approaching, there are a multitude of events, shows, sales and things to do in the Los Angeles area to appreciate our fathers. Undoubtedly, most everyone has warm thoughts, memories and feelings for the man that was instrumental in your incarnation. However, how much have you contemplated this question: “Who is your real Father?” And is this the day to celebrate Him?
As the contemplation of ”father” begins, one is led to the root of the word as “pater.” The root also reveals that “pater” also means pattern. We know that our earthly father and mother combine to provide the DNA that governs our physical bodies and mental bodies. Their parenting techniques and teachings inform our emotional bodies. Likewise, our heavenly Father has mandated that we are made in His “image and likeness” and therefore provides our spiritual DNA.
So, now there is a choice. It is the Macro versus the micro. It can be a day of celebration of God, the Universe, love, joy, peace and conscious communion. Alternatively, one can choose to partake in consumerism, brunch, shows and other “things to do.” The beauty, of course, the Macro can and will envelope the micro. However, the micro will never consume the macro.
Historically, it is widely thought that “Father’s Day” came into being due to the struggle of Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Washington less than 100 years ago. Ms Dodd reasoned that since there was a day honoring Mother’s, there should also be a day set aside for Fathers. However, further research has shown that the first celebration of Father’s Day occurred 4,000 years ago in Babylon where a young man carved a message on clay wishing his Father good health and a long life. The significance of Babylon is that the name of the city means “gateway of God” etymologically.
Religious and Spiritual Father’s Day Events in metropolitan Los Angeles
Yokoji Long Beach Zen Group 9 – 11 AM, Saturday, June 19 at the First Congregational Church, 241 Cedar Ave., Long Beach, CA. $10 suggested donation, however no one is turned away.
First AME Church Father’s Day Celebration. Services at 8 AM, 10 AM, 12 Noon on Sunday, June 20th at 2270 S. Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles CA
Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, Services at 7:45 AM, 9:45 AM, 11:45 AM on Sunday, June 20th at 6115 Arlington Ave, Riverside, CA,
Happy Father's Day!!