Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Hopefully all have been enraptured in the grace of celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. That heavenly joy continues during the Christmas season and though we seem to skip from one feast to another rapidly, we need to contemplate the mystery of God’s plan for our salvation. Yesterday we celebrated the union of heaven and earth in Christ our God- made- man, today we meditate on where and how that miracle took place–in the beauty of family life!
None of us are meant to have a solitary existence. Just as God Himself is a community of Persons so too are, we made to live in loving communication within the serenity of family life. Unfortunately, many families today are under great distress for innumerable reasons. We even see the Holy Family experiencing trials and difficulties in seeking to fulfill God’s purpose and plan. Mary and Joseph, poor and insignificant in the eyes of the world, were not deterred because of their faith and trust in God. They always sought to do God’s will and not their own. Would we ever be singing that beautiful hymn: ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,” if Mary and Joseph relied upon their own will rather than God’s.
Many lessons from the Holy Family are before us today. Obedience to God, obedience on the part of children when their parents are obedient to the Commandments make for truly healthy and holy families. Parents must ask themselves how they have been obedient to God if they desire their children to be obedient to them. It’s a no-brainer.
When we look at society and culture as a whole, where are the building-blocks? They are the families that make up our society. If families are “sick” the society is guaranteed to be sick. Isn’t that what we are experiencing today? When God is marginalized or totally out of the picture and flagrantly disobeyed what can we expect of our future especially for our children.
God is calling us to re-boot before it’s too late. May our contemplation of the Holy Family and our desire to imitate them bring about a renewal of family life rooted in God and loyal to the Commandments.