12/27/15 God Became a Member of a Family
FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
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Dear brothers and sisters,
Happy feast day of the Holy Family! Still within the octave of Christmas, we are celebrating today one of the most beautiful realities of the mystery of the incarnation: God became man, God became a member of a family. In this way, He teaches us with his own example that family life is part of God’s loving plan for us, that it is a path to holiness.
As we contemplate the simple and meaningful life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we feel moved to renew our efforts to grow in our love for our families and be good, as good as we can. And so we listen to the program for growth in virtues announced by St. Paul in the second reading: heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another.
Simple, but sometimes challenging! This is the path of true love, which is the bond of perfection, the way for a truly alive family. We should celebrate the great gift of the birth of Christ, and the joy of being part of a family, knowing that God has sanctified domestic life, opening for us the wonderful horizon of true love.
In Christ, Mary and Joseph,