CELEBRATE THE GIFT OF FAMILY
The Lord Jesus conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Virgin Mary, became a member of the human family. He spent thirty years in family life and three years in public ministry. This is certainly a strong statement on the importance of family. Jesus came to identify with every family and as such Jesus is solidarity with every family. Christmas is a time for family reunion. The holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is a model for family life. The most basic responsibility of both parents is towards their children. The most basic duty of partners, couple is to love and respect each other by promoting each other’s well-being. Hence the family is the greatest school of interpersonal relationships.
Col 3:12-21 contains seeds for a season of sermons on qualities of relationships. In family we learn love, trust, sharing, respect for others, awareness of the rights of others, how to handle conflict, forgiveness, fidelity etc. We have to be thankful to God for the gift of our families and try to value members of our families, not taking anyone for granted. The Lord loves each member of our family. The family is the cradle of faith, handing on the Christian story, teaching the basic prayers, linking up with the local parish, celebrating the liturgical year’s seasons and festivals.
HAPPY FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY AND I WISH ALL A BLESSED NEW YEAR 2020! – Fr Francis, MSP