I am off to Africa on 1st Jan. to inspect our Monastery of Our Lady of the Angels in
I will be away for two weeks.
Please pray that it may be a safe and spiritually profitable trip.
Meanwhile here are some thoughts on today's feast of THE HOLY FAMILY.
HOLY FAMILY 2007
When the Son of God entered this world there was a great flurry of activity in heaven and on earth. Angelic messengers were sent scurrying here and there: to Mary, to Joseph, to the Shepherds, to the Magi, and Hosts of Angels sang in the sky. The infancy stories are a patchwork of beautiful and intriguing and very memorable events. But then, apart from the loss and finding in the temple when Jesus was twelve years old, there is complete silence for another thirty years. We know that Jesus began his public ministry only when he was about thirty years of age.
What then are we to make of those thirty long silent years. By any standards thirty years is a long time in anyone’s life. They must have some import, some deep meaning for us. When we think about it, it is not so hard to understand, and it is very comforting to the very least of us. Jesus came to show us what life is all about and how to live it. So he is surely saying to us by his hidden life that the meaning and purpose of life is not to be found in doing great things. It is to be found in the simple round of ordinary everyday life. It is to be found in the way we cope with our daily duties, no matter how small and unimportant they seem to be . It is to be found in our daily dealings with those around us. It is to be found in the beauty and harmony of our relationships with those who share our lives. Love is its own standard of greatness. It is not measured by external accomplishments, no matter how great.
Let us examine ourselves then regarding our attitude to life. Are we content with our little lot, do we find peace and personal fulfilment in it? Or do we hanker for bigger and better things. If so we are surely missing out on life. Just as the greatest things in life are free. So, the littlest things in life are the most satisfying and fulfilling , when properly understood, in the light of the thirty years of hidden life of Christ.