December 30, 2018
(The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph)
After being lost from his parents, Jesus – went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. Lk_2:41-52
God sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons. Sir_3:2-6,12-14
Family! The microcosm of life. All about respect, obedience and communication. Words that are either the epitome of repulsion or the staple of peace, not only in a family but in all relations between coworkers, bosses, government leaders and nations.
If those words are repulsive to you, beloved, your life will be one struggle after another. But if they are the staple of your life, you will understand them from both the point of view of offering them to those above you and those below you – parent to child, child to parent, siblings to one another. You see, those words involve humility, control of emotions, compassion and maybe even love. And when we can live WITH them, just as God does with us and Jesus did with His Father and mother – we will be blessed with God’s peace even when confronted with those who disagree.
May our loving God bless you and your families today and always!
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