Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Secret of Every Happy Family

From In Psalmus Spiritus:
Last week, we launched our new homily series for the New Year called, "Secrets of Every Happy Family." We all share, in common, the experience of a family because we've all come from a family and we have emotional attachment to family members. Words like mother, father, brother, sister are not emotionally neutral words. They bring a flood of memories and feelings.  We talked about three principles of a happy family that form the basis for this series. They're by no means meant to be a comprehensive, exhaustive list, just some of the principles on which we're focusing.

The first principle of a happy family is that they accept the messiness of family life with grace and flexibility. As we all know there are no perfect people, and as a result, there are no perfect families. When confronted with flaws and failures of family life in a family member, happy families choose consistently to accept their loved ones with all of their imperfections, and to forgive them. 

The Second secret of a happy family is mutual respect. This respect begins with respect and appreciation of God's authority over family life. But then it's about each spouse's mutual respect for one another, creating an environment, an atmosphere of respect in which children learn and grow, and ultimately practice in their families.

The third secret of a happy family is a commitment to a larger purpose beyond themselves. The family is the basic building block of society. And as family relationships grow in health, so grows the culture. And as family relationships are weakened, so is society. A family that exists only for itself will never be happy.

Well, today, we're going to look at a unique role in the family. It is the role of a father or a father figure. And in order to do it, we're going to take a look at Jesus’ relationship with his father, based upon a key moment in Jesus’ life.

This moment is described in the third chapter of Luke's Gospel, where Luke is telling us about John the Baptist, a great prophet, who prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. His preaching called people to fundamental change. And along with his preaching, he also baptized people as a sign or a symbol of that change. (Read more.)

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