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Just the other day, the boys were asking why I’d still listen to Christmas music or watch a Christmas themed show when Christmas Day had come and gone. It was one of those ‘perfect teaching moments’ to remind the younger boys that Christmas is a season rather than just a day. And, that is something I love.
Today in the Catholic Church we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family. It’s a time to reflect upon how Jesus grew up in the ordinary even though he was anything but ordinary. Joseph had the weight of providing for the family and keeping them safe on his shoulders. Mary tended to Jesus and the home. And, Jesus grew up learning about the world from his parents and elders.
At Mass this morning, our pastor talked about how in the Catholic faith we have a draw to transformation rather than escape from the ordinary. Other religions have a theme of escaping from the world. We are called to become holy through the daily tasks we do rather than seeking to do something ‘grand.’ And, that our salvation can be won or lost through our actions in daily life. (That’s something to remember when we find ourselves treating those we love and live with the worst.)
Taking the focus of daily life to the fundamental building block of the family (also referred to as the domestic church by some), he offered all of the married couples the opportunity to renew their marriage vows and then be given a blessing. What a beautiful sight it was to see several dozen couples peppering the pews and renewing their vows in front of the entire congregation!
This week I hope to have a focus on the family. Hubby is off for the week and I know he’s planning fun outdoor activities for the older boys. But, I also want time for us as a couple and time for the whole family to be together.
What are you doing to continue celebrating during the Christmas season?
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. If 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. Please feel free to join once a week, every day, or as many times as you are able. If you post more than once, add each link to the link-up. We will not have new link-ups each day, but once a week (every Sunday a new link-up will start). 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.