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Feast of the Holy Family

December 29, 2013

HOLINESS CAN MAKE QUITE A MESS

In our second reading, St. Paul offers the directive:  put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, among other things. . .

Sirach tells us we are to honour one another and take care of one another well into their old age.

And it is hard not to notice the contrast between Herod and Joseph in the Gospel.  Herod literally killed his own children, and killed hundreds others, in his quest for power.  He was vain and ruthless.  Every action, even seemingly good ones like rebuilding the temple, were for his own benefit.

Joseph, on the other hand, transcended his own ego and sought first, to care for the lives of Mary and Jesus before tending to his own concerns.

So are all these things what makes a family holy?  These various lessons from Matthew, St. Paul and Sirach?  Well. . . yes.  But it does not mean they are perfect.

CLICK HERE for the readings of the Feast of the Holy Family (Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Psalm 128; Colossians 3:12-21; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23).

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