The Holy Family
I grew up with several images of the Holy Family. The one I remember the most, is Mary holding baby Jesus with Joseph standing over Mary and gazing tenderly at Jesus. They all look so gentle and spirit filled. Not a care in the world. So holy, so perfect.
I look at that image now and think to myself “That is not what my family looks like not even close”. I’m lucky If my children even made “eye contact” with me. I had to fight the many video games and television programs for that kind of attention. The only other time there was eye contact was when one of the children was in trouble.
My family does not look like Jesus’ family. However, I believe that all families are indeed Holy. According to the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: “The family is, so to speak, the domestic church”. (Lumen Gentium#11) This means that it is in the context of the family that we first learn who God is and to prayerfully seek His will for us.
In my ministry, I see parents working at night and sacrificing sleep to be home with their children during the day so someone will be home to greet them. I see grandparents taking care of their grandchildren so their children don’t have to pay out of reach day care costs. I see grown children bringing in their father- in- law to live in their house after his wife has died. They care for him and make sure he is in a safe and loving environment. To me, all of this work makes a HOLY FAMILY.
Sometimes, we get so busy doing God’s work that our prayer life gets pushed to the side. It is important to take some time every day to talk to God and let him love and reinvigorate your spirit. He sees you and wants to help. Remember you are not alone.
Your family may not look like Jesus, Mary and Joseph’s but your family is a HOLY FAMILY. God Bless !