From the very beginning, God has declared that it is not good for man to be alone. Before He created man, He first created the plants and the trees that will provide man with food, clothing and shelter. Then He created all the living creatures that will help man in his undertakings on earth. The living creatures were not alone either. Sheep and fowls came in flocks. Cattle came in herds. Even wild animals came in packs. For men, there was the family: male and female, He created them.
On this feast of the Holy Family, I pray for all families.
I pray for families that are hurting and in need of healing,
Torn apart by misunderstandings and often useless bickering,
Split up by pride, selfishness, greed and anger.
I pray that they be blessed by the peace and forgiveness
that the Child in the manger has come to bring.
May the song and message of peace from the angels
reign in all families.
I pray for families that are in distress and in need.
I pray for families that are homeless, or going without food,
or shivering in the cold because they have no warm clothes.
I pray that the hope that the promised Messiah has come to bring
will finally become realities in their lives,
turning the needs into fullness and their wants into fulfillment.
I pray for all families that the love that have brought them forth
will stay strong and become even stronger
as they gather together for the Christmas season
to celebrate once again the bonds of love that bind them
as a family.
I pray that through all the hurts that need forgiving,
and the needs and wants that need fulfilling,
and the love that needs to be kept burning bright,
families will like wise be blessed with joy,
joy that comes from being loved,
joy that always expectantly hope for the fullness of life,
joy that comes from an abiding peace.
I pray that all families be blessed
with growth and fulfillment,
with courage and strength,
with grace and wisdom,
before God and before their fellowmen.
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
~ Psalm 105
When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
they took him up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord.
When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee,
to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.
Luke 2:22, 39-40