The Feast of the Holy Family

 Sir. 3:2-6, 12-14 | Ps. 128:1-5 | Mt. 2:13-15, 19-23

Today, the Feast of the Holy Family, all of the readings deal with love.  It is love that binds any family and helps it to deal with the daily tasks, joys, sufferings, frustrations, etc.  When we love another we do things for that person that we would not ordinarily do.  For example, think back to your time of “first love.”  Your parents probably were surprised to see what you were willing to do for your “girlfriend/boyfriend.”  Sirach, Colossians, and the Gospel call us to expand our love.  Joseph, through a dream, learns how to deal with the threat of death for Jesus.  Joseph is open.  Joseph hears, ponders/prays, and then acts.  This is a good way for us to work with all the encounters we have: hear, ponder, pray.  Take time to imagine the Holy Family conversing about one of your problems/difficulties.  What action would they take?  Where would they go?  How will you imitate them?

The Holy Family is a model for us.  They enjoyed life, suffered, laughed, cried, prayed/pondered.  Take time to imitate the Holy Family conversing about one of your problems/difficulties.  What action would they take?  Where would they go?  How will you imitate them?

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