Skip to main content

Jesus Family

     Any form of a relationship- be it between a married couple, family, or friends- Obedience and loyalty is at the heart of the relationship.  The obedience of a married couple, made at their marriage, to stay loyal to one another in good times and bad. The obedience and loyalty of friends who can tell each other anything knowing that the other person won't go around and tell everyone else. The loyalty and obedience in a family to love, care, and to offered reconciliation when a problem has struck.  Regardless, obedience is needed for any relationship to grow.

     Jesus, in todays Gospel says beautifully, that after he has gone back to the father, "He will not leave you orphaned" This is reassuring. It may sound like just another line in the Gospel that leaves our thoughts without and second look. He will not leave you orphaned. He will not leave you orphaned. This entitles us a security-a security of family. We will not be orphaned but rather, we will be intertwined in a unique and compassionate family.

     A family is characterized by love, hope, obedience and reconciliation. These four virtues are at the very making of a family. We cannot live without love. Love is the glue to life-It holds us together even when another person trys to rip us apart. From the foundation of Love, hope, obedience and reconciliation are built.

      We cannot be a family if we hate each other- we are a family when we love each other. We cannot be a family when we do not reconcile with each other. We cannot be a family when we don't live with a united hope of an optimistic future. We are not a family when we are not obedient. When we break the family obedience we begin to break the foundation of love, and the walls of reconciliation and hope.

     We have more than one family. We have our biological family. But we also have our Catholic family,We have our Christian Family, we have our human race family, we have our friend family. (kind of like Google circles-we belong to so many)  One of the most important families is our Faith family (and biological family) In our faith community (or family) we learn to grow as a person. However, this family still requires from us, Love, hope, obedience and reconciliation..

     Jesus wants you to be part of his family. He showed us first how to be a family- by laying down the foundation of love. He died upon that old wooden tree so that we might grow in his family. He didn't just defeat evil and raise from the dead because he felt like i. He had a purpose to dying and rising from the dead: To start a family with you.

      Jesus came onto earth to set the foundation of how we should live our lives and to lay the foundation of a family. He laid the foundation and then goes back up to the Father. But as he promised he will not leave us orphaned. He will send us another, "Advocate" Which literally translates, from Greek, into, 'Comforter" or "consoler"  This new advocate is the Holy Spirit. This spirit, which we received firstly at our baptism and then again at our confirmation, is the Same spirit that will be our consoler and our comforter. Although we cannot see him we know he is at work.

     We must make our contribution to this family. How? By showing Love to our neighbors and to those constantly around us. We are growing this family, with Christ, by sharing Christ. By being a living example of Christ to the Earth-living by the heart.

     May we come to fully participate in our families. May we come to grow our families in the Love, hope, reconciliation and obedience of Christ. May we shape our family around these virtues. Christ, while on earth, insistued for us the family. He gave us the 4 fundamental virtues that should be at the heart of every family. Love, Obedience, Hope, and reconciliation. May, out of your love, which we recieved from Christ, pour forth the other virtues.

Have a good Sunday


Post a Comment


I hope you enjoyed the Post, and enjoyed the Blog. If you have something you want to say, you are invited to leave a comment below! I love reading all the comment!


Popular posts from this blog

Forgive... Not Seven times but Seventy Seven times

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Matthew 18:21-22 
It's very hard to forgive. Forgiveness is essential to our life here on earth. Jesus gave us the perfect example of forgiveness while he was on earth. Jesus loved us so much that he bore all our sins on the cross that goes before us. Every wrong we have done; every pain has become  A LOT LIGHTER because Jesus bore it before us.
Jesus is asked by his own, disciples, how many times should they forgive. Because they know that they have to forgive, and they know they everyone does wrong, but how much is enough? We need to draw a line right? No.
Jesus tells us that we shouldn't just forgive seven times. He told us to forgive 77 times. Or 77 X 7 times. Which is a more perfect number. Jesus told us that we must forgive has many times that someone does wrong. …

Fishers of Men

I have had the pleasure recently to start teaching again the First Penance and Eucharist at my Parish. It is always  a great time for me to know that I am laying the seeds of God in their heart and knowing that I am preparing them for a once-in-life-time event.  I love seeing the kids who are earnest to learn and who want to be there.

     In todays' Gospel, we are presented with an overview of Jesus life. Jesus does three distinctive things, that Matthew wraps up very quickly. He teaches, proclaims, and heals. These three unfold for us what we can expect from Jesus during his life time.  However, before he begins his own life and mission one thing had to happen- the Death of John the Baptist. John, we know, was the last of the Prophets and his main mission was to make sure people were finally ready for the King  to come. Jesus, therefore, couldn't start until the paths were made straight.

     Jesus mission on earth is the great light that has appeared in the darkness. In…

Feed My Sheep

During this Easter season we are given the opportunity to listen and reflect on the word of God from the Gospel of John. For the third and final time this weekend, we will hear a post-resurrection appearance of Christ to his apostles. It is through these appearances that Christ proves his resurrection, dispels the darkness of doubt in his apostle’s mind, and commissions them to make known the love and joy of these events to the world.

The Gospel this weekend tells us that after the death and resurrection of Christ, the disciples have returned to fishing, as they once did before they followed Christ. These skilled fishermen do not catch anything all night, until a man comes on the shore of the beach and tells them to cast their net on the right side of the boat, and they catch an abundance of fish, that the net should have broke, but it did not. After they caught these fish, the apostles realized that it was the Lord, who has now called them a second time from their job of fishing to …