December 27, 2009: Feast of the Holy Family
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as God has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:12-14)
Every year following the celebration of Christmas we celebrate the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary and Joseph. When you think about it this is a perfect time of year to do so. While we honor the family life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, it is also a good time to think about our own family life. The reading today from Paul’s letter to the Colossians is perfect as we consider our life as a family. If we practiced the virtues St. Paul mentions, wouldn’t our life at home be happier, more peaceful, more loving?
Between now and the end of the year, pick one of the above virtues each day and put it into practice at home. You don’t need to tell anyone in your family what you’re doing, but notice the difference it makes if just one person tries to live in the spirit of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.