I listened and thought well.... God would want better of us than to stay in the past. He would want us to care for our parents anyways. And I thought, well... if you can't stand to with your parents, the very least you can do is provide for them. A good nursing home, arrange for volunteer visitors and such like and YES bite the bullet once in a while, go and be nice for 1/2 an hour, trust me, it won't kill you!
So I was remembering that talk show when I read these words from Matthew this morning.
1Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2"Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat." 3He answered them,
"And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?4 For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.'5 But you say, 'If anyone tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is given to God,6 he need not honor his father.' So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God.7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
"'This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"