Last night found my family back at church for Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. My youngest questioned why we had to go back to church just one day after Christmas. This question then brought up a short discussion of how we are privileged to attend Mass each Saturday night or Sunday morning to offer praise to God and celebrate just how fortunate we are that he loved us so much to send Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice. Each Sunday is a mini-Easter, a reminder of that wonderful gift beyond measure and a great opportunity for praise and worship.
One of the older brothers then dropped the ‘news’ that if Christmas falls on a Saturday we’d have TWO Masses in ONE day if we were doing the vigil Mass for Sunday.
Reflection on the Holy Family
What I love about today’s feast day is that we are reminded that Jesus was part of a family here on earth with struggles just like the rest of us experience. In the Gospel reading (Luke 2:41-52), we hear not only how Jesus strayed away from his parents who then had the gut wrenching days of searching for their beloved 12 year old son, but also how he was quick to be obedient to them.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph are an example to us of what has been called the domestic church. For it is within the family that we are taught about God, His love for us, and how we should strive to live within our homes and communities.
Parents are the first and primary teachers of their children, something which is both exciting and terrifying. Knowing this is why our family has elected to forgo the ‘mainstream’ and teach our children at home for not only religious matters, but basic skills as well.
The second reading (Colossians 3:12-21) fits so well with the Gospel and reminds me that the Bible truly can be a ‘instruction manual’ for how to live.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and avoid any bitterness toward them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they may not become discouraged.
This reading also reminds me that I often fall short of the ideal and need God’s Grace to dust myself off and start anew with the ultimate goal of heaven for my family. I am beyond grateful that God loves us all so much that He just waits for us to seek forgiveness for our sins which He freely gives. And, as much as it pains me at times to admit it, I can rack up a fair bit of attitudes and actions which lead to an accumulation of sin in my life.
With the start of a new calendar year almost upon us, it is also a great time to reflect upon where we’ve been and where we are going. This includes family life and I am in deep prayer over how to find a better balance between my different rolls as wife, mother, teacher, daughter, sister, and friend. As if those were not enough to manage, I also have my work both on the blog and volunteer rolls at my church and in our charter school. There is no shortage of good to be done, but I need to remember that my primary role will always be within the domestic church of the family.
This past week’s link up had THREE posts tied for the most views!!
Do Not Fear the Shepherd’s Journey at Theology is a Verb takes a look at the life of a shepherd and how we can relate to their role in the Nativity story.
My Heart this Advent at My Cozy Nook echoed a lot of my own thoughts about feeling ‘behind’ or not doing ‘enough’ during this season of the church year.
Have Yourself a Broken Little Christmas at Aletia was a fabulous reflection for me to read. Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP reminds us that “This is the broken nature of Christmas. We celebrate a Savior who entered a wounded world. And every year we celebrate his birth, we see evidence that our world is still so broken, still so in need of the saving power of Jesus.”
Finally, I want to showcase a dear friend’s post which she added late in the week and might not have been seen: 12 Days of Christmas Daily Devotional at Training Happy Hearts. It is not too late to catch up on the first few days and continue the journey with your family.
My friend Trish over at A House Upon the Rock is joining me in co-hosting this 40 day meme. We will not be doing a daily link-up, but rather a weekly one. If you blog more than once a week, please add each link to the link-up, we’d love to find you and read what you are doing and learning as you seek Him.
Please consider joining us as we Seek Him for the next 40 days. We will celebrate from the first day of Advent through Epiphany on Jan. 6th.
When joining us on the 40 Days of Seeking Him meme, please link directly to your post. Every week we will link up and share what we are doing, learning or how we celebrate the birth of our Lord. You are more than welcome to link up to more than one post each week if you’ve written multiple posts on the topic of Advent and growing closer to Christ.
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We have a Pinterest board we will be adding participants posts to from the weekly link ups. If you want to follow it you can find it here. We will also be highlighting a favorite post from the previous week as well as the most visited post or posts.
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Thank you for joining us. I look forward to reading your posts (as many as I possibly can) as we share what we are doing to prepare our hearts for the most wonderful gift God gave us ~ Jesus Christ.
How are you making Advent A Time of Preparation in your life?