This is the Feast of the Holy Family. From the time we are born we live in relationship, whether the relationship is by blood, friendship, acquaintance, or affection. We are the family of God in which all members are welcomed, valued, supported, and protected. This is what makes the relationship sacred or holy. Relationships are at the heart of our faith and in today’s 2nd reading we learn the qualities that mark God’s beloved: compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.
We see these virtues in St. Joseph who modeled for all parents that protective yet challenging embrace of one’s spouse and child/ren. Joseph listened to the God who spoke to him in dreams. We, like Joseph, are called to hear God’s word and respond in love for one another. How is God calling you to nurture your relationships? To manifest love, forgiveness, kindness, patience?