Christmas Octave Day 8

January 1, 2021  Holy Family  Luke 2: 43, 48-52

After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man.

(Every family is holy in the sight of the Lord—no matter its composition or its complications)

Though messy at times and chaotic

With large doses of angst

Amid tears and frustration

Divisions and broken hearts

Love breaks in!

Despite words harsh and hurtful

The sound of slamming doors

Trust betrayed and groundings

Lies and broken promises

Love breaks in!

Families are the backbone

The place where safety should dwell

Words of love and encouragement

Worry and fear dispel

A mighty force is family

Strong in trial and pain

Knit together with cords of love And blessed to withstand the strain.

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