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.


3 Comment(s)

  • Marie: Friday, December 26, 2014

    Wonderful reflection Sr. Paulette. A quote from my son, "mom, you disciplined us but you always disciplined with love."

  • sr.martin: Saturday, December 27, 2014

    Sister, I like the quotes you chose from St. Paul. They help make each of holy persons.

  • Linda: Monday, December 29, 2014

    This family inherited a "mess." How they chose to live with the "mess" is what made them holy. In this, they are an example, and a source of great strength, comfort, inspiration, and courage.