Merry Christmas, Resurrection!
My prayers and hopes that the Christmas Days are continuing for you all, with the blessings of deepened Faith, Family, Friendship and some leisure time for Fun, and to just ‘soak it all in’! Please, relax and enjoy Christmas day, and gives thanks to God!
This first Sunday after Christmas is referred to as “Holy Family Sunday” – the remembrance of Jesus, Mary & Joseph.
It makes sense, of course; but it can also send us down the ‘rabbit hole’ of presuming that “holy” means “perfect”; and that’s not necessarily the case!
That’s why I love the Scriptures for today - acknowledging the holy realities of family life.
From Sirach: “My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve not for him as long as he lives, even if his mind fail. For kindness to a father is an offering for sin.”
From Colossians: “Bear with one another and forgive. Children, obey your parents as the acceptable way in the Lord; and parents, don’t ‘nag’ your children, lest they lose heart.” I always see kids elbow their folks when that’s read J
From Luke: Jesus as a 12-year old, lost in the Temple, driving his folks ‘nuts’ with worry and inconvenience, wondering why they’re upset!
The struggles, patience, honesty, humanity and forgiveness of family life make it holy; not the perfection.
Let the oration for Mass today set the course of our households & this parish family:
Father in Heaven, Creator of all: You ordered the earth to bring forth life, and crowned its goodness by creating the human family. Then, in history’s moment, You sent Your Son to dwell in time, obedient to the laws of life in our world.
Please teach us the sanctity of human love; show us the value of family life; and help us to live in peace with all people, through Christ our Lord! Amen!
And as this Household of Faith, and our households of all configurations do that…
“God bless us…EVERY one”!