All in the Family

December 30, 2012, Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph: 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52
Suggested Reflection Question:

  • When have you felt like you were part of the family of God? How do you welcome others into God’s family?
  • In Luke, Jesus leaves Mary and Joseph to go to “his Father’s house” to learn and teach. What family transitions have you experienced as you’ve grown into young adulthood? What joys or challenges have accompanied them?
  • How do the instructions in Colossians — to “put on … heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another” help you in your interactions with family members during the Christmas season and throughout the year?