“A couple of years before he died, I kissed my father goodbye. He said, ‘Son, you haven’t kissed me since you were a little boy.’ It went straight to my heart, and I kissed him whenever I saw him after that, and my sons and I always kiss whenever we meet.” Terry Wogan
Meditation: These are amazing moments, when long established generational patterns are being changed. For males in our society to show love and affection openly (other than during sports events) has been judged as “female” or “gay”. So boys learn to be tough. They learn to hide their feelings, even from themselves. This “false self” is an illness of the soul and can be passed down from generation to generation, just like an addiction. However, saying good bye is an emotional moment. It can free us up to be real, to be authentic. When males and females express their affection openly to their parents and children alike, it strengthens not only the bond and relationship between the generations, it also heals an illness of the soul.
Prayer: Jesus, you expressed affection freely. You cried when a close friend died and allowed a woman to show her expressions of love and affection freely in the midst of a group of men. Your true self showed anger and love, anguish and tenderness. You want us to be set free to express love and affection freely. When you said good bye to your disciples you established rituals of intimacy and love that would endure. When we pass the peace and share bread and wine with each other, we participate in your ongoing expression of connection and love. And we are being healed. Amen
“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.” 2. Corinthians 13:11-12