Greetings of peace this Advent season!
Below you will find a short reflection for today, the Feast of the Holy Family. We encourage you to share this reflection by forwarding this email to others who you think might appreciate it.
Feast of the Holy Family
By Beatrice Parwatikar
1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28 | 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24 | Luke 2:41-52
John reminds us that we are all God's children and the proof that the Spirit remains in us is how we keep the great commandment to love one another. We are all God's children-there are no exceptions. We as the human family must encourage one another to live in peace. We do not keep the great commandment when we do not accept all people as our sisters and brothers. To have a society that allocates large amounts of financial resources, human intellect, and natural resources to kill each other rather than using those same resources to help our human family is a breaking of the great commandment to love.
Jesus stays behind to converse with the teachers in the Temple. It took a day before Joseph and Mary knew he was missing because they thought he was with others in the caravan. Jesus' absence was not due to the neglect of Mary and Joseph, because this was a society that shared responsibility for each other. We have a society and government that does not support families, and we have become a nation that appears to the world that we do not support or care about families around the globe. We are a nation that talks about the sanctity of life but our policies do not support the sanctity of life...
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