Today’s scripture announces an order of family behavior that should apply in all families: honor, authority, respect, prayer, reverence, obedience,care, kindness and consideration of others –all meant to establish a household of loving justice.
St. Paul offers a similar kind of “house order,” calling us to “put on,”a garment, a cloak of: heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness of those who offend us, gratitude and, most important of all, a willingness to let Christ rule our hearts.
We might well ask if those virtues find a home in our own hearts because if they don’t find a home in our hearts, how can we expect them to find a home in our homes? in our religious communities? in our families? in our relationships at work? in our schools? in the world and how we view it?
Honor, authority, respect, prayer, reverence, obedience,care, kindness and consideration of others, justice, heartfelt compassion, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness of those who offend us, gratitude and a willingness to let Christ rule our hearts…
The Eucharist we celebrate today and receive is nourishment to grow those virtues in our hearts, in our community, in our schools, in the world - and how we look at the world and shape it.
May the Holy Supper we offer today, at the table of our household of faith, feed us for living as the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph: in peace with God and with one another.
Brother Patrick & Brother Nigel enjoy a few moments before the Christmas Tree.
Brother Thierry, Father Thomas and Brother Nestor prepare to serve Christmas dinner.