Audio Readings , December 29, 2013 Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Psalm 128:1-5;Colossians 3:12-21; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones … love. (Colossians 3:12, 14)

You are about to head out the door for a family photo session when you take a quick look around and groan. Your toddler’s face is dirty, and her hair is tangled. Your teenage son is wearing a ragged T-shirt. Another child is engrossed in a video game he can’t seem to leave. The clothes you are wearing clash with what your spouse has on.

Of course, you do what you can to fix these problems, but don’t forget the most important part of your wardrobe. Put on love! Remember, “Love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).

You would never walk out the door naked, and you probably wouldn’t walk around your home undressed either. But there are many instances when we are not on our best behavior with the people we spend most of our time with. How often we forget to put on the love that makes it possible to live together in a family or a convent! How easy it is to ignore slips of the tongue or selfish decisions, simply because we are so used to the people around us!

So put on love! Love knows it’s not perfect yet, so it makes allowances for other people’s mistakes and forgives their wrongs. Love knows its understanding is limited, so it looks upon other people with respect and tries to learn from them. Love knows the world is full of hurtful words and deeds, so it tries to make the home a haven of kindness and gentleness. Love realizes that growth takes time, so it practices patience. Love gratefully welcomes and treasures every family member, looking for the good in them, however deeply it may be buried.

May this be our vision for our families! May we all learn how to put on love day in and day out. Then our homes will begin to feel more and more like the home of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family and our models.

“Jesus, thank you for my family. Help us learn how to respect and love each other even more.”


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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