THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
IN THE WAY OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Feast of the Holy Family
December 29, 2019
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, and know
that we too are called to be holy families. As Missionary
Families of Christ, we must be built on the Rock that is Christ.
We are centered on Christ, and we raise our families according
to his ways.
family is a creation of God, but today the world is intent
on destroying the family. Herod sought to destroy Jesus (Mt
2:13c), and failing that, massacred the infants (Mt 2:16).
Today the infants are still being massacred, through abortion
and infanticide. But it is worse. These are not just two years
old and under, but the unborn and even those newly born. The
mothers wept then for their murdered children (Mt 2:18), but
today mothers kill their own children and even celebrate what
marriage, children and the family are no longer valued. Just
as Christ is no longer valued. And so we are called not just
to raise strong Christian families, but to rise in defense
of faith, family and life. To be able to do so, we must understand
and live out God’s ways.
First, we must know that we belong to God. We are Missionary
Families “of Christ.” We are to “be slaves
of the Lord Christ.” (Col 3:24b). We are to be rooted
in “the word of Christ” (Col 3:16a). We “do
everything in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col 3:17b).
We “let the peace of Christ control (our) hearts”
we are of Christ, then we strive to take on the way of Christ,
which is the way of holiness. This is manifested in Christian
virtues. “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy
and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness,
and patience” (Col 3:12). On top of all these, we must
look to forbearance, forgiveness, love, peace, gratitude (Col
Second, as the family is the most basic unit of society and
the home is the smallest church, we look to renewing and strengthening
the family, starting with our own and then reaching out to
ordained order in the family, with proper roles and relationships
between and among its members. First, as to husband and wife.
Wives are to be subordinate to their husbands, and husbands
are to love their wives (Col 3:18-19). The husband is the
head of the family, standing in the place of God. Then parents
and children. Children are to obey their parents (Col 3:20)
“for the Lord sets a father in honor over his children
and confirms a mother’s authority over her sons.”
(Sir 3:2). In turn, parents are to care for their children
(Col 3:21). Children, by honoring and respecting their parents,
enjoy the blessings from Godatonement for sin, riches
in life, joy in their own children, answered prayers, long
life (Sir 2:3-6). “In word and deed honor your father,
that all blessings may come to you.” (Sir 3:8).
we fear God and walk in His ways, so that we will be greatly
blessed. “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, and who
walk in his ways.” (Ps 128:1). In particular, “your
wife will be like a fruitful vine within your home, your children
like young olive plants around your table.” (Ps 128:3).
Finally, it is our mission to help renew and strengthen the
family. We want all to be blessed, just as we are, as we all
are built on Rock.