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Reflection for Dec. 28, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holy Family is a shining example of love, humility, kindness


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by Sister Paulette Hupfauf

We know very little about the Holy Family while they lived in the small village of Nazareth. Yet the feast day Collect Prayer ("O God, who were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family" 1) had me ponder: What do we really know about the Holy Family?

Part of the answer seems to come from St. Paul in his Letter to the Colossians: "... as God's chosen ones, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness & patience ... over all these things put on love."(2) Then the Gospel Acclamation seems to capture how we might follow the example. "Let the peace of Christ control your hearts; Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly." (3)

May each of us be living examples to our families, neighbors and community of the peace of Christ and the Word of Christ as the Holy Family is for us.


1: Excerpt from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.
2 & 3: Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.



Reflection for Dec. 29, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

With a heart of compassion, Joseph cares for Holy Family


by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

Today we reflect on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  In the Gospel we see that Jesus was born into a very dangerous world.  Those in power saw him as a threat.  Herod was determined to destroy him.  Joseph listened to a dream -- saving Jesus from Herod's rage.

As we know this was not the first time Joseph listened to a dream.  He took Mary as his wife on the advice of a dream.  He took his family and fled to Egypt and later settled in Nazareth because of a dream.  Joseph would probably tell all of us to pay attention to our dreams and our instincts.  He did just that and directly influenced the history of our salvation.

Joseph was a righteous man and cared deeply for his family.  His way of life is described by St. Paul in our second reading because he certainly "put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."  Joseph with Mary and Jesus portray a "holy" family to all of us -- loving parents who did all they could to protect their child and a child that loved them unconditionally.  What a wonderful example for all families!

  • What makes for a "holy" family in our day?
  • Take time to connect with your family and let them know of your love for them.