December 29, 2019: Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family

by Sr Anita Rolenc ND

Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
Colossians 3:12-21
Matthew 2: 13-15, 19-23

In Sirach, notice the “blessings” that follow respect/honor/kindness to one’s parents. As grown adults, maybe the blessings we experience now are a result of the way we treated our parents when we were youngsters.

St. Paul, in Colossians, lists the virtues needed to live amiably with others. Take a serious look at that list. Which one stands out as lacking in self?

The familiar scene of the Holy Family fleeing into Egypt to escape the wrath of Herod is repeated today by millions of refugees and immigrants displaced because of oppressive situations. While most of us are unable to assist these people, we can show concern to the neighbor in need, welcome a stranger, forgive a family member, or reach out to others in countless ways.

​Ask Jesus, Mary and Joseph to bless your family and all families with holiness!