DECEMBER 29 THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH
It is the Feast of the Holy Family, yet even the Holy Family was not without struggles. Fleeing into Egypt, living as refugees, the Holy Family was called out of Egypt. Yet fearing for their lives, they did not return to Judea but instead settled in Nazareth. Amid their struggles, there was the peace of Christ. In our own daily family struggles, whether they be large or small, can we pray the line from St. Paul's letter to the Colossians? Lord let us put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Let us bear with one another, forgive one another, and put on love, allowing the peace of Christ control our heart. Lord, let us be thankful, and may your word dwell in us richly.