Holy Family

Sunday Reflection — Dec 28, 2014 (Holy Family)

Our daily bread

Sir 3:2-6,12-14
Col 3:12-21
Lk 2:22-40

Fr Fernando Torres, CMF
Claretian Publications

Reading history books, we might get the idea that everything revolves around great events. But real history is built day by day. The life of a family cannot revolve just around celebrations. It is built in doing house chores. It is built out of respect, love, patience, and dialogue. It is at stake in the daily bread rather than in the thanksgiving turkey.

Today, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family, a regular family. Mary and Joseph had to work hard. Their family life was made up of many days full of work, concerns, shared joys and sorrows, patience, dialogue, and mutual respect. There were days when nothing in particular was celebrated. They simply lived, but they were forming their holiness. Today, they are a sign of God’s love for our world and a model for our family life, both for weekdays and feast days.

Life has changed greatly since Mary and Joseph’s times. The problems we must face are not the same. But there is something that cannot change: the life of a family is built on the basis of mutual love and respect with a great measure of dialogue and patience. Violence, rigidness, and lack of communication certainly lead to the destruction of the home and of the persons in it. Love, respect, patience, and dialogue are the sure bases for our families. In that way, just as Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, our families will also be a sign of the loving presence of God in this world.

For reflection

  • How can we improve our family life?
  • How can we help the suffering families in our community?

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