Family

Clergy Corner by Fr. Theo

On this Sunday following the Nativity of the Lord, we are joyfully celebrating the Holy Family of Nazareth. It is a most suitable context because Christmas is the feast of the family par excellence. This is demonstrated by numerous traditions and social customs, especially the practice of gathering together as a family for festive meals and greetings and the exchange of gifts. But can the hardship and suffering caused by certain family wounds, which on these occasions are amplified, go unnoticed?

Jesus willed to be born and to grow up in a human family; he had the Virgin Mary as his mother and Joseph who acted as his father; they raised and educated him with immense love. Jesus' family truly deserves the title "Holy," for it was fully engaged in the desire to do the will of God, incarnate in the adorable presence of Jesus.

In his letter to the Colossians, St. Paul directs the Christians to treat each other as fellow members of God’s household.  He exhorts them to live in the Church the way we ought to live in our families:  with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”  Life in God’s family requires us to forgive others as He has forgiven us.  Love is the “bond of perfection” that holds the community together.  The family is the best place to begin learning these virtues. 

We are family -- brothers and sisters in Christ. As we celebrate the Holy Family, let us take the time to express our love, service, and gratitude to the members of our earthly families, and so allow me to convey my gratitude for your prayers and the way you have and continue to support the parish with your financial contributions even amidst the pandemic.

May the Lord continue to bless you and our beautiful family of St. Mary Magdalene. 

 

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