(Holy Family).
Sunday, December 31, 2017.

When God makes himself man in Jesus, he comes to our world as a member of the family of Mary and Joseph so we, all human beings, may become members of the human family by living in common unity (community) just as Jesus, Mary, and Joseph lived in common unity. The unity between the members of Jesus’ family is the model for the unity between the members of the human race.
Just as Jesus was united to his Father in heaven, so was he also united to his parents on earth and to every human being. To honor mother and father is a way of honoring God (Sirach 3:7). Subsequently, those who honor any person also honor God. And just as anyone who mistreats mother or father mistreats God, so does anyone who mistreats any person.
The following is a description of the relations between human beings, whether in a family or in the human community at large: “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved [we must relate to one another with] heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12).
By relating in this manner, you will establish “the bond of perfection” and will “let the peace of God be in your heart” (Colossians 3:14-15).
“The bond of perfection” will make your family a holy one.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).