How often is it, that when we hear the word Holy we think of silent monks living away in a monastery. Hands folded in prayer, without sin, and living a perfect life. That is the most common image, I believe, people have when they hear someone is holy. They are holy. But so many people would be incorrect, and this weekend of the Most Holy Family explains it very well.
The holy family, as told in scripture, did not have an easy life. Today, in the Gospel, we are told of another struggle they go through. Their son is wanted dead by Herod. Forcing them to move to Egypt until Herod dies. (Which would have been around 2-4 years later)
Troubles, inconveniences, and other wrong things go on in ever family. Including the Holy Family. Their struggles, however different they may be to ours, still provide a good example. St Paul, in todays second reading, tells us to do two things: 1 Put on Love and 2 Forgive when someone does you wrong.
Love is an essential part to any human relationship. If it's friends, family, strangers, or couples Love for one another must exist. Love is the simple action of caring, protecting, showing kindness, being open. Love units all and separates all barriers. It heals all wounds and it allows us to be more aware of things going around us, and of Gods plan for us in our daily life. When we put on Love we are putting on Christ because Christ is pure love. He is the true source of all love and happiness. When we truly put on love it leads us to become more caring, kind, protecting, and forgiving.
Forgiveness is an action that comes from love. Even on the cross, Christ asked his Father to forgive them. In all circumstances, we are to forgive. Has hard as it is, it is our calling to forgive each other truthfully. When we forgive others we begin to heal the wounds of sin and hatred. St Paul tells us to forgive because Christ forgave us. Like Christ, we must forgive, we must love. Any human relationship, to any person, will need forgiveness, and it up to us to forgive one the person who has hurt us.
Like the Holy Family, (especially St Joseph, from this weekends reading) we must act out of Love, out of service to the Lord. Our lives will become better- healed and strengthened! God called St Joseph and like Mary, they both had no clue of the struggles they have ahead of them. In a similar way, God has called all of us, and has given us a Family. At times when their is trouble (it is NOT PREDESTINED) love and forgiveness will help the cause: Rebuilding and reuniting the relationship with one another.
Holy, therefore, is the love and service to God. The Holy Family, shows just that! Both Mary and Joseph accepted Gods call, out of Faith. When we imitate this Faith, we are indeed putting of Love which makes us holy. Struggles and troubles will happen, but it is what we doing during and after that show our Love, and obedience to God.
This weekend, as we hear from the words of St Paul, and hear of the reading of the Holy Family, may we learn to imitate the word. May we Love one another, which is essential to having a successful family, and service to God. May out of this Love, when things might go bad, we forgive one another, and rebuild all relationships with Gods almighty help!