FAMILIES IN THE LORD

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST

(Part 112)

FAMILIES IN THE LORD

December 28, 2014

Feast of the Holy Family

Today’s readings:

Sirach 3:2-14

Psalm 128:1-5

Colossians 3:12-21

Luke 2:22-40

The evil one is intent on destroying the family, because it is the basic unit of society and of the Church. The whole culture of licentious sex today has greatly harmed the family. With contraception, divorce, abortion and same-sex unions, the assault on the family has been all-out and truly destructive.

The family is a creation of God, and God gave us His directives as to how to keep the family alive and strong. Unfortunately, many in the world today, including Christians, have not heeded God.

“Husbands, love your wives, and avoid any bitterness toward them.” (Col 3:19). Many husbands have not loved their wives enough to persevere through the hardships of marriage and family life, and have gone on to abandon their covenant.

Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord.” (Col 3:18). Husbands no longer exercise headship over the family, and wives no longer submit to their husbands. Radical feminists want to be equal to men and have rejected traditional roles as mothers.

“Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they may not become discouraged.” (Col 3:21). Fathers have not provided proper instruction to their children and have not raised them in the fear of the Lord. Rather, dysfunctional relationships between fathers and children have become commonplace.

“A father’s blessing gives a person firm roots” (Sir 3:9a). Many fathers are not spiritual enough to be able to bless their family in the Lord. Many fathers in fact are not even there present in the lives of their family.

“My son, be steadfast in honoring your father” (Sir 3:12a). Many children lack respect for parental authority.

“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord.” (Col 3:20). Many children are not obedient to their parents and are even rebellious in their disobedience.

Something is seriously wrong in many families today. To be blessed according to God’s design, we need to return to His ways. “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, and who walk in his ways.” (Ps 128:1). Such blessing is especially so for families. “Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your home, your children like young olive plants around your table.” (Ps 128:3).

If we return to God’s ways, to God’s original design for the family, if family members present and consecrate themselves to the Lord, then all children born and raised in Christian families will experience God’s hand, as it was on Jesus. “The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.” (Lk 2:40).

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