Let's Imitate The Holy Family
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Let us look upon this day in a way that maybe our Lord might hope we would. We know Jesus did things so that we would learn from Him, and then follow Him. Jesus indeed said the statement, "Follow me." many times in scripture. Every gospel have multiple references to this statement. Well today, let us follow His example of a Holy Family. I well know that none of us can really measure up to any the members of the Holy Family; but at least we could imitate their close holiness and commitment to one another. In our society they do all they can to destroy "marriage" whether it be, the gay marriage issues or the abortion issues; or the fact that taxes and local government rules and laws actually encourage separation or divorce. I know this first hand, so I am not just babbling along. Many years ago when I was out of work in Niagara Falls; we went for social services assistance, they flat out told me, "If you separate or divorce your wife, the state will step in and give her and your kids all that they need, at no cost to them." What the.. No cost??? So their philosophy is tear apart the family and the state will take care of them. You do know taxes work in a similar fashion. Filing "married" or together is more taxing then if you were completely separate and not married. Sad society we live in. This is why we as Christians must hold strong in this society, if we allow it, it will destroy us. So in today's thoughts and reflections, let us consider a few simple things we can do as a family, to be strong.
Let us begin with a prayer for our family: My own prayer.
Dear Lord, please guide our family,
to be more like your family.
The unity and peace and commitment
you had in your family
is exactly what we seek in ours.
We ask Lord, that the peace
in our hearts be filled with
and directly because,
of our love for you.
May the example you lived
be one we sincerely seek.
We ask that our children
have the patience and obedience
of being good Godly children.
May our families mom
love and adore your mom;
while our families dad
loves and adores your dad.
Thank you for guiding our hearts today.
We ask all this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
COOK A MEAL TOGETHER: Just like we can only imagine, Mary and Joseph surely worked side by side in preparation of all their meals, so to Jesus must have been doing all He can to prepare the meals. In your home, we like to get everyone involved. Maybe someone is preparing the main dish, while another is working on peeling potatoes, and preparing vegetables. Still another can maybe be mixing the ice tea, or setting the table. We have done this many times, more so around the holidays, but also from time to time on a weekend we'd like a huge meal. I have found that doing this, draws the family closer in many ways, first just the fact of working together in harmony. But I think the best part of this entire idea is the end result; you all get to sit at the same table and start eating from bowls and trays that everyone helped prepare. The thank yous will be shared by everyone and to everyone. Isn't that just the coolest.
I am praying for your success in this wonderful family project.
Enjoy your Christmas weekend, snow is heading our way, did you get snow yet?
"Jesus, I trust in You."
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO
Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of The Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation