Week of December 29, 2019

Today we celebrate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.  Matthew’s Gospel presents a family who must leave their home country because their child is no longer safe there.  They flee to Egypt.  Something we continue to witness in our world today.

The family we venerate today is not one of wealth or privilege.  From the beginning they are beset with problems. Yet this family is the spiritual role model for all families, because the thing they get right is love.

The story of the Holy Family inspires us to dwell in the homes we create for our own holy families.  We will surely face problems and challenges, but the way we love is how our children learn to love and trust in the holiness of all God’s family.  When we honor each other and treat each other with respect our branch of the family tree grows healthy and hardy.  We show how to heed God’s tender call.

In his letter to the Colossians St. Paul gives advice to all God’s children:  “put on…compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience,” and practice forgiveness and gratitude.  These are wise and worthy goals for both parents and children.  “And over all of these,” Paul writes, “put on love.”  There is no better recipe for raising a holy family.

(Taken from a reflection by Valerie Schultz in Give Us This Day)

This week we enter into a new year.  A good way to begin a new year is with the celebration of mass.  It is a Holy Day, celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.  The Gospel of Luke tells the story of shepherds finding Mary and Joseph and “the infant lying in the manger” (Lk 2:16).

Mary keeps all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.  As we enter 2020 what have we held in our hearts from 2019.  How was God in these experiences?  What will help us to keep a reflective heart in 2020?

Masses are Tuesday, December 31 at 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, January 1 at 9:00 a.m.

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