But they were also human. So let's not think they didn't have their share of problems. They surely did.
- At times they were refugees and immigrants and how were they treated in Egypt? Probably badly.
- They were forced to leave their home on several occasions.
- Mary had to face being pregnant out of wedlock at a very young age.
- Joseph basically had to trust his dreams and somehow provide for his family.
- Jesus worried his parents a number of times.
- So yes, they did have problems not unlike the problems we face in our own families.
I read an article recently that said that the United States ranks number 23 out of 25 countries in the percentage of children who eat the main meal of the day with their parents several times a week. As families get busier and busier with other (less important) things, more meals are consumed sitting in front of the TV, fast food snacking on the go, or even while driving to hockey practice or some other event. Even when eating together at a restaurant,
we often see several (if not all) family members texting or playing with their cell phones and not talking with each other at all.
The article went on to say that this lifestyle directly contributes to lower levels of health and happiness.
The consequences are obvious but what is the solution to this lack of communication?
That's for each family to figure out.
But a good start would be for all of the family to join together and come to the Table of the Lord; the Eucharist, the Mass; the one meal designed to be taken together with the whole family of God.
Best wishes for a blessed and united New Year!
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC