Feast of the Holy Family Jesus, Mary and Joseph - Sunday, December 29, 2019

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Father Jim Donohue

December 23, 2019

Especially at this time of year, I suspect that most of us have savored the fruits of a “family recipe,” whether an appetizer, main course, or dessert. Even if the ingredients are not a secret, we know that each and every one of them contributes to the food that we look forward to preparing and eating. St. Paul, in our second reading, provides us with the ingredients that make for a “family recipe” that produces good and generous relationships that we can also savor. Among the many virtues that might produce good fruit within a family, Paul includes heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another. He maintains that over all these ingredients, we should add love and that we should make sure that the peace of Christ controls our hearts. Finally, St. Paul reminds us that, within our families, we should be grateful.  

All Resurrectionists have a special interest in the Feast of the Holy Family because our mission, as Resurrectionists, is to “call others, especially youth and families, to communities of the Risen Lord in which faith, hope, and love radiate as a sign of union with Christ and his mother, Mary, in the Church” (Resurrectionist Mission Statement). Contemplating and praying over the story of the Holy Family provides a particular way to think about how virtues cultivated within the Holy Family might assist us in our own families. And reflecting upon and applying the virtues that St. Paul specifies within our own family life will not only help us to become better family communities of faith, hope, and love, but also will help us to radiate the fruits of these virtues outward to help and inspire others. Sounds like a recipe for success!