It’s not unusual for siblings to have problems with one another, for children to have attitude difficulties with their parents, and spouses to have disagreements over different issues. It’s part of our DNA to behave in unattractive ways from time to time; it’s the residual of original sin. While these things are normal, they are not good; they are not how God wants us to behave. On this Feast of the Holy Family, we should be mindful of how important our families are to us. After all, they are the ones who take us in when nobody else will. Therefore, today is an excellent opportunity to reflect on how we contributed to our own families. Have we added flavor and zest to the family stew, or have we poisoned the pot with our selfish behavior and know-it-all attitude? We might remember the words of today’s gospel (Luke 2:41-52) where it is stated that Jesus was obedient to Mary and Joseph. And He really did know it all.
- Father Carl