Seating around the family dinner table is very interesting! 55 years ago we moved into a home my father and his brothers built and we had our places at the table. Although my parents are now gone, we still want to sit next to each other in those same places! “Sitting next to” is an expression of a loving relationship and trust is forged!
joseph holding jesusAt first glance, today’s feast may seem a bit confusing. How can this family be a model when they were so obviously graced by God? If we read the Gospel, we see that this family had its share of distress and peril too. Joseph was challenged to hear God’s voice, perceive the danger and act to protect Mary and Jesus.
In this is holiness: listening to God’s voice, heeding whatever God asks and acting faithfully for the good and well-being of others.
What are some of the signals God sends us to which we must respond? The signals are there and like Joseph, we must be alert and responsive.


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  1. I love the picture of Joseph holding baby #Jesus. I’ve never seen one. Our society always honors and acknowledges the loving touch of a mother, and we know our Heavenly Father loved his son, but it’s nice to see an image of #Jesus’s adoptive father’s love as well.

  2. Dirty diapers, homework, lost socks, heated discussions about where all the money is going: What’s so holy about the average family? If you find this question hard to answer, maybe it’s time to list the blessings of a life lived in a communion of space, meals, resources, and goals. Spend some time at dinner tonight asking the question: What’s the best thing about being part of this family? And on this Fifth Day of Christmas, give thanks where gratitude is due: to spouses who are faithful, to parents who care, to children who strive, and to God, the giver of life and love.

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