Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sanctity of Life Sunday - Emulate the Holy Family, Not Herod

Yesterday we remembered the Holy Innocents - children slaughtered because an adult felt threatened by a Child, the new born King. Children aren't always welcome to the world. Sometimes they seem to threaten our comfort, our established way of life, or our vision for the future. Mary and Joseph could have looked at the impending birth of Jesus in the same way. Instead they (first Mary, then Joseph) looked outside self and found a prominent place for Him in their lives.

As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, let's resolve to welcome all children, no matter the circumstances, as Mary and Joseph did. If it's in our power, let's offer a helping hand to any mother (and father) facing difficult circumstances. It's the right thing to do - it mirrors His love and His command to love each other, as we love ourselves.