Sunday Sermon, Family, and Some Other Stuff

28 Dec

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.”

Winston Churchill

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Another beautiful Sunday morning, walking the dog, enjoying the clear blue sky, and thanking God for my many blessings.

Christmas is over, but let’s pray that the Christmas spirit will continue and usher in the New Year with hope, kindness, and love.

Today’s Gospel, on the Feast of the Holy Family, was about Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to Jerusalem to be purified and making sacrifice according to the law. Simeon, who,was promised that he would not die until he saw the Lord. was at the temple.

Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Lawrequired,

28 he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said:

29 Now, Master, you are letting your servant go in peace as you promised;

30 for my eyes have seen the salvation

31 which you have made ready in the sight of the nations;

32 a light of revelation for the gentiles and glory for your people Israel.

My take on it… the Holy Family followed the mandates and laws of the time. They didn’t question tradition or rules even though they knew that their son Jesus was the Savior. The sanctity of the family is the most important thing in the world. We sure could use more of that spirit.

Our current times have seen a diminished sanctity of Family, marriage, and values in general. We have become a society of selfishness and immediate gratification. At the first sign of trouble or a bump in the road, people call it quits. Thank goodness it’s not ALL people, but the divorce rate speaks volumes. And surprisingly, it’s lower than in previous years. Unfortunately, I think it’s because fewer people are committing and not even getting married. Sad… (Especially when you are part of the statistics😔)

What is the Current Divorce Rate? Today, some 39 percent of marriages in the United States are ending in divorce. This data comes from the most recent census data, and there are a number of reasons that couples are deciding to call it quits.Feb 21, 2020 (SMU Daily Campus)

“If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family. The problem with our world is that we draw the circle of family too small. There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing.”

~ Mother Teresa

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Good advice, Mother Teresa. Love your family, friends, neighbors and all people, and keep them close to your heart.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

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