Today is the Feast of the Holy Family. Right at the beginning of Mass, the priest defined “Holy” as something that is set apart for God. It doesn’t mean being a person who lives a perfect life. A Chalice is Holy as it’s only purpose is to hold the Blood of Christ during Mass. Therefore, all those who have been Baptized have been set apart for God – they are Holy. This was the first time I’ve ever taken in those words. It was a relief to me, as I did equate holiness with perfection – or nearly perfect such as the saints. However, even they didn’t lead perfect lives. Thinking about being Holy gives me a certain responsibility as well. Every year on this day we listen to the scripture readings about family dynamics. This year these words especially struck my heart, “take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him; revile him not all the days of his life; kindness to a father will not be forgotten, firmly planted against the debt of your sins”. I pray that I am doing what is being said here, even though I could no longer care for my dad in the house. It is a great challenge to be Holy, but the good news is that God is with us and our Holy families – Emmanuel.
I Found God today reflecting on Holy families.