I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Reflection for Friday December 30, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

Gospel: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod had died, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” He rose, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. 

But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go back there. And because he had been warned in a dream, he departed for the region of Galilee. He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, He shall be called a Nazorean.
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A husband and wife who have been married in the church for more than twenty years. The couple has four grown-up offsprings; one day while the wife was rummaging into his husband’s things she discovered a long kept secret. Her husband has another family, to make a long story short she confronted him about it and he was made to choose by his wife. Them or his other family sadly the philandering husband chose his other family.

A few days ago poor boy around 9 years old approached me and requested something for Christmas. I asked him: where do you live? He said: very far from here. Then I said where are your mother and father? And the boy said: I don’t know where are they; as he walked away with what I’ve given him I looked at him as he faded into the darkness of night.

 I felt compassion for him unbelieving of his parents’ irresponsibility. There are many more depressing family situations that will make us cry and cringe in disappointment for parents who abdicate their family responsibilities.

Today we celebrate the The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph unlike the two depressing stories that I’ve mentioned this family is solid as a rock. They stayed together through severe persecution.

Saint Joseph is the model head of the family, he is obedient to the will of God unlike my first example Saint Joseph had no other family he was obedient to the will of God. He was also faithful to the Blessed Mother he took care of her and the baby Jesus.

Parents are the driver of their family where the parents goes so is their family. If the parents are irresponsible there’s a big chance that children would be also when they have their own families.

 Our own families are our domestic church this is where children are taught about the basics of faith, morals, and manners. What would happen to our children if we don’t even take time to nurture them, if we don’t bring them to church for Holy Mass?

If we don’t teach them about our Roman Catholic faith? If we don’t teach them how to pray the Rosary which is one of the basic family prayer. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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