Saturday, December 30, 2017

12-31-17 -- The Holy Family, Year B

Dec. 25, 2017 - Christmas, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church

If your family is anything like mine, I’m sure there was a bit of family drama over the holidays.

Someone got upset about something, someone got their feelings hurt, someone said something that was hurtful, and maybe someone had too much to drink.

Why is it such a challenge to love those who are closest to us?

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.”

On this Feast of the Holy Family can we bring love into our homes? We are called to imitate Jesus, Mary and Joseph. In this New Year we want to work on being like the Holy Family.

And in our second reading, Saint Paul tells us exactly what we need to work on.

Avoid bitterness. Let go of grudges. Bear with one another patiently. And forgive one another.

He also gives us a list of virtues to work on: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Then he reminds us of the Christmas message we heard just a week ago. He says, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you.” Let Christ dwell in your hearts. Let Christ be a welcomed guest in your homes.

We invite the Word made Flesh, Jesus Christ, into our hearts. Not just today, but throughout the entire New Year.

This will give us the grace and the strength we need to imitate the Holy Family.

Pope Francis encourages us to use three key phrases that will give us a more peaceful family life. May I. Thank you. And I’m sorry.

In this way, all family members can work on showing honor and respect. In this way, all family members can work on being more charitable. In this way, all family members can work on being more like the Holy Family.

There might have been some drama in our families this holiday season. That’s definitely something we want to work on in this New Year so that we can make our families more like Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Holy Family.

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