Fragments from The Word: Matthew 2:13-15,19-23

These reflections are the leftover fragments from my homily this morning, Sunday December 29, 2013. Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph 

Fragments from The Word

Fragments from The Word

Fragments

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Sunday December 29, 2013

Most family relationships are complicated.

It is not always easy to get along with those we love the most.

Adult children home from college resist being treated like children.

Teens want a real voice in life.

Aging parents miss their adult children who live miles away.

Not easy to care for elderly parents or young children who all want independence.

My brother and I never really spoke until after our parents died.

The Holy Family cannot be replicated.

We need to find Jesus at the center of all of our relationships.

Joseph protects his child.

Mary comforts her son.

Years, ago I was praying about my homily for Holy Family.

I walked out of the confessional on Saturday afternoon.

Three people were in the church.

A twenty-something man in a wheel chair was praying near the Tabernacle.

Another gentleman was kneeling in the last pew praying through this divorce.

Another man stood at the door of the church waiting for his homeless son.

He usually gives his son $5 when he shows up at the church on Saturdays.

Our connection to people through baptism becomes our family.

Baptismal water is thicker than blood.

We become family to all people.

We call this family holy.

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