Today is the Feast of the Holy Family. It is a day to contemplate the wondrous fact that God chose to send His son as Savior, not only to live as Man, but to be part of a family. Our Lord was totally dependent on His Mother to care for Him, and as He grew He remained subject to His parents. For a beautiful example of how to live a holy family life we need only look to the Holy Family.
It sounds so simplistic, and it is. But it's true.
We have the formula for a happy, holy, peaceful family life spelled out for us in today's reading:
Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Wives, be subordinate to your husbands,
as is proper in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives,
and avoid any bitterness toward them.
Children, obey your parents in everything,
for this is pleasing to the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children,
so they may not become discouraged.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!