Reclaiming & Celebrating God’s Masterplan for Fathers with Mothers
By Adrian Lim Peng Ann, Family Counselling Psychologist (SRP, RSW, SACRC)
(This talk was given at Love Matters, on 1 May 2018 at the Church of the Transfiguration)
From the Beginning, God’s Masterplan is for all of us, His creation, to return to Him in Heaven forever!
Marriage and Family are God’s Masterpiece, consisting of Man as Husband and Woman as Wife, who bear and raise Children to be His people. The Family is designed and created by God himself to fulfil his Masterplan.
But Mr SA Tan (devil) ‘disrupted’ God’s Masterplan with the Original Sin of disobedience by Eve and Adam. Sin separated us from God, but because of His love and mercy, He revived the Masterplan, through His chosen race, the Israelites, beginning with Abraham and his family.
We read in the Old Testament that God tried to restore His Masterplan through His prophets, Moses, Judges and Kings. But the effort failed, so in the last book of the Old Testament, we see Prophet Malachi, sternly warning the people:
Now I am sending to you Elijah, the prophet, before the day of the LORD comes, the great and terrible day; He will turn the Heart of Fathers to their Children, and the Heart of Children to their Fathers, lest I come and strike/smite the land with utter destruction/curse!
If fathers do not love by connecting with their children in relationship, their children will inevitably not reciprocate with love for their fathers and God our Father!
In the New Testament, God our Father sent His only Son, Jesus, who…
… will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the Hearts of the Fathers to their Children, and the disobedient to the Wisdom of the Righteous — to make ready a people prepared for the Lord
God sent His Son, Jesus, through Mary and Joseph’s obedience and faithful living. Jesus’ teachings, role modelling, and love for His disciples and followers gave us a foretaste of His Father’s Glory and Masterplan. He prayed that“…they may be one, just as you Father and I are one” (John 17: 22).
To accomplish His Father’s Masterplan, Jesus accepted death on the Cross. Resurrecting, Jesus removed “disruptions” (Original Sin), by preparing His disciples to continue with the Masterplan with the help of the Holy Spirit. Through the apostles, the early Christians and martyrs lived out God’s Masterplan, and it continues on today.
But Mr SA Tan continues to try to thwart, block, threaten, prevent and distract us from living out God’s Masterplan today through the numerous forces that seek to destroy Marriages and Families.
How can we reverse the curse in the Culture of Death to embrace the Culture of Life, to restore God’s Masterplan?
What are the Curses/Destruction/Threats to God’s Masterplan?
The Catholic Church and Culture of Life
Humanae Vitae (1968) and Theology of the Body (St John Paul II) share God’s brand of love to be Free, Total, Faithful and Fruitful. It is all about relationships.
Ephesians 5:25 In the example of Christ Jesus, who gave all of himself in self-sacrificial love for His Bride, the Church, husbands are called upon to emulate Christ and give their lives for their wives and families.
In Singapore, Men’s Movement has started with the Centre for Fathering (2000), Dads for Life (2009), Elijah 7000 (2014) and in the Catholic Church is Men@HolySpirit Fellowship (2014), now Sons of St Joseph. Today, more Catholic Men’s Groups have started in Church of St Mary of the Angels and Church of Divine Mercy.