December 27, 2020
The Holy Family
So Many Saints!
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another…
Colossians 3:12-13

St. Paul and others in the early Christian communities would refer to each other as saints. I would guess few, if any of us, see our fellow parishioners as saints. But St. Paul says that we should. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that, “The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist…is an intimate union with Christ Jesus” (paragraph 1391). But many returning to their pews appear to be far from an “intimate union with Christ.”

So, we know that this urging of St. Paul is not easy to put into practice! But this Christmas season, as we honor the Holy Family, may just be the best time to begin reframing our view of our faith communities (and our wider communities) as beloved communities. Can we get a little better at putting on “holy and heartfelt compassion” and look at each other returning from Communion as saints?

- Aileen O’Donoghue

Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3 or Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 • Ps 105:1-6, 8-9 • Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 or Colossians 3:12-21 • Luke 2:22-40


December 27, 2020 at 11:08 AM


December 27, 2020 at 10:47 AM

Hahaha...”But many returning to their pews appear to be far from an “intimate union with Christ.” Yes, indeed! We confirm our perceptions when we leave the parking lot cutting off each other or complaining inside the car, “when is she going to move her car? We don’t have all day!” So how is it possible to act like a saint (Christian)? Here is how in our reading today in Colossians 3:15-16a: ***1) And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, 2) And be thankful. 3) Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly!*** Here is what a saint (Christian) capable of doing with His Word, His peace and His mercy (not on my own efforts) in Colossians 3: ***1) putting on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 2) bearing with one another and 3) forgiving one another, 4) putting on love 5) teaching and admonishing one another 6) singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 7) doing everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. *** *** I love the dialog between God and Abram in the first reading of Genesis (before his name changed to Abraham): God says, “Don’t worry, Abram! I’m your shield from your enemies and your very great reward!” Abrams says, “What good will your shield and rewards be when I have no son, my heart’s desire!” God didn’t get mad or anything, but He went on to affirm His promise to Abram by showing him the sky and counting the stars!*** ***How honest am I with my God and my Lord in my prayers (dialogs)? Yes, I have my God and my Lord :-) But what good will He be with my heart’s desire for my girls to walk with the Lord? Romans 15:13, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you (Salina) completely with joy and peace because you (Salina) trust in Him. Then you (Salina) will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Amen!*** ***How did Simone and Anna know baby Jesus in the temple is the coming Messiah promised? Luke 2:25c, 27a, “the Holy Spirit was upon him...He came in the Spirit into the temple!” How do we know any spiritual things? Same: the Holy Spirit, period!*** P.S. Matt got a doe yesterday :-) Going out again this afternoon!

Sham Peter Narine Respond to comment
December 27, 2020 at 06:21 AM

Season's greeting to everyone. Thanks Eileen for today's devotion. The feast of the Holy Family shows how the parents of Jesus, Mary and Joseph fulfilled their role as mentors of faith, love and life to Jesus. The primary role of parents is to be good mentors of faith, life and love to their children, so that they can help them to discover their vocation in the plan of God. Prayer for all the living faith family members. Have a great day everyone.

December 27, 2020 at 06:52 PM

Thank you all, Liviing Faith family, for your devotional message.

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