✝️ REFLECTION CAPSULES – Dec 30, 2022: Friday

“Being inspired by the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, to make our families a ‘haven of love and care!'”

(Based on the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph)

A classic and popular story – source unidentified – is told about a
kid narrating a story of how his mother, once, after a long, hard
day at work…
… had placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned
biscuits in front of dad.

Yet all that the dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at the
mom and ask how the child’s day was at school!

He even went on to smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and
eat every bite!

Later, the child heard mom apologizing for burning the biscuit.

But Dad, without any fuss – in fact, with a great sense of
calmness – replied: “Honey, I love burnt biscuits!”

Later that night, when the child went to kiss Daddy good night,
he asked, if he really liked biscuits burned.

Daddy wrapped the child in his arms and said: “Your Mamma
put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired.
And besides – a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!”

Family life presents so many opportunities for doing good…
… reaching out in love with generous positive works
… protecting one another by avoiding unnecessary negativities

Do we make efforts to make our families “havens of love and
care?”

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Family of Nazareth

  • Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Family Life is indeed, very dear to God’s Heart

The Old Testament and the New Testament provide several
instances of salvation occurring in the context of a family.

When Jesus, the Eternal Word became flesh (Cf. Jn 1:14), He
was born in a Family.

The Holy Family of Nazareth, as the beautiful model and example
to every family to nurture care, teach us important lessons:

  1. Discern and do God’s Will – this is the vital rule

At every stage of life, Mary and Joseph sought to do the Will
of God and fulfilled it with utmost sincerity

  1. Take the lead and strengthen each other, especially in a crisis

In their tough situations, Mary and Joseph proactively listened
to God and took the initiative to steer the family out of danger

  1. Avoid judging each other; support with mutual understanding

Tense situations became moments of prayer instead of blame
Troubled circumstances gave an opportunity to cling to each
other!

  1. Joyfully fulfil one’s responsibilities, without complaint or blame

Each member of the Holy Family assumed total responsibility
and undertook every duty that had been entrusted to them

  1. Find strength in prayer and in God’s Word

In every crunch situation, they turned to God and made the
Word of the Lord their guiding principle of life!

It is said that “where God guides, God provides.”  

The life of the Holy Family is a beautiful testimony of the
protective and providential care of the Lord.

Our families are also called to become gardens that are
nurtured and nourished by the protective showers of God’s Love!

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in its extensive exhortation
on families, teaches us: “The Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and realization of ecclesial communion, and
for this reason, it can and should be called a domestic church.

It is a community of faith, hope, and charity.
It is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the
communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit…
… in the procreation and education of children, it reflects the
Father’s work of creation.
… it partakes of the prayer and sacrifice of Christ.
Daily prayer and the reading of the Word of God strengthen
it in charity.
The Christian family has an evangelizing and missionary task.
(Cf. CCC, #2204-2205)

All of us, in families, are called to holiness – this is God’s Will!

Holiness is not easy, but it is made possible with God’s Grace!

Holiness in a family is deepened and enhanced through…
… faithful sacramental life with constant reconciliation
… sharing of meals and exchange of thoughts and feelings
… willingness to forego hurt feelings and celebrate differences
… regular prayer life along with reading the Bible and devotions
… openness to listen to one another and support in tough times

Family life presents so many opportunities for doing good…
… reaching out in love with generous positive works
… protecting one another by avoiding unnecessary negativities

Let us joyfully accept the “burnt biscuits of each other’s
weaknesses, failures, angry moments and hurtful feelings”

Let the beautiful example of the Holy Family of Nazareth
inspire all of us, to make our families a “haven of love and care!”

Happy Feast of the Holy Family!

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, we love You!

God Bless! Live Jesus!


Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism
In the Communion of Saints

The Christian who seeks to purify himself of his sin and to become holy with the help of God’s grace is not alone.
“The life of each of God’s children is joined in Christ and through Christ in a wonderful way to the life of all the other Christian brethren…

… in the supernatural unity of the Mystical Body of Christ, as in a single mystical person. (CCC #1474)

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