MONDAY HOMILY: The Family of Jesus
are converts, our parents brought us to the waters of Baptism at an early age, perhaps just a few days after our birth - a most worthy custom to we do well to imitate. This is a solemn duty of parents.
In the marriage rite, the couple is asked, "Will you receive children loving from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?" Thus, from the very beginning of the existence of their family, spouses acknowledge that openness to the gift of children, and their subsequent formation in the faith, is an essential part of their divine vocation.
How can we pass on the faith from within our families? Family prayer is foundational and indispensible. Sunday Mass, frequent - if not daily - recitation of the Holy Rosary, prayers before meals (even when dining out), the observance of Holy Days, and emphasizing the religious aspect of holidays that have become increasingly secularized are all ways of fostering a life of faith within the family. It is never too late (or early) to introduce family prayer into one's daily routine. Perhaps we can mark these final days of Advent with an intensification of family and personal prayer.
Mary is mentioned at the very end of St. Matthew's genealogy. She married into a great family, and made it greater by her holiness, rooted in her total embrace of the will of God. How intense must have been the prayer of the Holy Family at Nazareth, and what a great source of unity it must have been for them. Let us ask a little of that grace for ourselves as Christmas draws near.
Fr. Stephen B. Reynolds is pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugar Land, TX, a suburb of Houston. You may visit the parish website at: www.SugarLandCatholic.com.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Family of Jesus, genealogy of Jesus, Gospel of St. Matthew, daily homily, year of faith, humanity of Christ, St. Theresa, Sugar Land, Fr. Stephen B. Reynolds
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