Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. This feast is celebrated 9 months before Christmas, and for good reason. It was the moment when the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary and invited her to become the Mother of God. Mary said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word.” …
Until I read Bishop’s material on the Year of St. Joseph, I didn’t realize that Joseph was a patron of unmarried women. It makes perfect sense. Joseph and Mary were betrothed but hadn’t started living together. He discovered that his wife was pregnant without his involvement. What was he to do? The Bible says, “Joseph her husband, since he was …
Holy Family – All that family togetherness over Christmas probably taught you that you’re not the Holy Family. What was their secret? Jesus was obedient to his earthly parents, and Mary was obedient to Joseph, because Joseph was obedient to God.
Holy Family — When the angel comes looking for us, are we going to be too proud, selfish, or busy to serve the Holy Family? Or will we be humble, hard-working, and generous? Let Jesus be the King of your heart; let him be the Lord of your family.
Ordinary 29 – We like the idea of leaders serving others… until its our turn. How would life be different if you put others first? It would look like a baseball team helping each other win. If you want to be a servant, you have to do these two things.
We are all responsible for creating a holy family. Today St. Joseph teaches us three keys to fatherhood: obedience, self-sacrifice, and giving your children back to God. If you follow Joesph’s example, your family will be holy too. [AUDIO]
The Trinity is foreshadowed by the family. The love between a husband and a wife, as a total gift of self to the other, reveals the Trinity. We are called to live in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. [AUDIO]
Love is the ultimate power and it can only be used for good. Selfishness leads to the dark side. We should love like Jesus in our family, our parish, and our Catholic school. The sacrifices we make manifest our love, and love never fails. [AUDIO]
Hannah shows us that children are a gift. Jesus teaches that all are meant to give. A family must learn the Law of the Gift: Man cannot find himself except in a sincere gift of self. May your family be a holy family. [AUDIO]
Three persons, one God: the Trinity is a family. The three persons take their identity from their relationships. The Spirit makes us members of God’s family and gives us our identity and mission: to love one another. (31 May 2015)