THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
UNITY IN THE FAMILY
of the Holy Family
December 30, 2016
A basic element of our mission is family renewal. This has
always been crucial and even more so today, when assaults
against the family have greatly intensified. Many marriages
have broken up, many children grow up in one-parent homes,
many parents neglect their parental responsibilities, many
children are in rebellion against their parents’ authority.
The list goes on and on.
from the incessant and deliberate assaults by anti-life, anti-family,
LGBT and modernist forces, much of the fault also lies with
married couples themselves. Simply put, they have neglected
or rejected (or never really knew about) God’s prescriptions
for marriage and family life.
what are those?
and most basic, the call to holiness. The practical aspects
of responding to this call are all over the Bible. As an example,
Paul instructs us: “Put on then, as God’s chosen
ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving
one another, if one has a grievance against another”
(Col 3:12-13a). If only for those virtues, marriages would
be strong and families united!
(in relation to the first), knowing what God prescribes for
holy living. We basically get that from the Bible, the very
word of God in written form. ”Let the word of Christ
dwell in you richly” (Col 3:16a). We must read the Bible
daily and meditate on God’s word. Then we walk the path
of righteousness. “Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
and who walk in his ways.” (Ps 128:1).
headship and submission in marriage. “Wives, be subordinate
to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord.” (Col 3:18).
Feminists have rejected this teaching to their loss. But would
that not lead to tyrannical domination by the husband? No,
because God has given him his direction to follow.
“Husbands, love your wives, and avoid any bitterness
toward them.” (Col 3:19).*
care by parents for children. Parents are to care for their
children as God Himself would care for them. Indeed, our children
are God’s children, entrusted to us as stewards. Fathers,
being the head of the family, are to take the lead, with full
support from their wives. Parents are to be loving, patient
and merciful. “Fathers, do not provoke your children,
so they may not become discouraged.” (Col 3:21).
respect by children for parents. Children need to understand
that God places parents in authority over them. “For
the Lord sets a father in honor over his children and confirms
a mother’s authority over her sons.” (Sir 3:2).
Thus it is for their own good if they obey their parents.
“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this
is pleasing to the Lord.” (Col 3:20). If they are disobedient,
they place themselves outside of God’s protective cover.
In turn, the ancient wisdom literature tell us of many benefits
to children who obey and respect their parents. They “atone
for sins” (Sir 3:3), they “store up riches”
(Sir 3:4), they “will have joy in their own children
and when they pray they are heard” (Sir 3:5), they “will
live a long life” (Sir 3:6a), they will have “firm
roots” (Sir 3:9a).
the above are difficult, and so we always need to look to
God and should be motivated to act in reference to Christ.
You forgive “as the Lord has forgiven you” (Col
3:13c). Submission of wives to their husbands “is proper
in the Lord” (Col 3:18b). Obedience of children to parents
“is pleasing to the Lord.” (Col 3:20b). The fruits
will be forthcoming. “Your wife will be like a fruitful
vine within your home, your children like young olive plants
around your table. Just so will the man be blessed who fears
the Lord.” (Ps 128:3-4). Thus, “whatever you do,
in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord
Jesus” (Col 3:17a).
look to the Holy Family, the Son of which Herod tried to destroy
(Mt 2:13d), which was uprooted and fled to Egypt (Mt 2:13c),
which was the cause for the massacre of the infants (Mt 2:16),
which remained a refugee family (Mt 2:22-23). Our families
too have their own share of troubles. But we have Jesus and
Mama Mary, our brother and mother. In them we rest secure.
In them we as a family can remain united, strong and at peace.
the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see Jerusalem’s
prosperity all the days of your life, and live to see your
children’s children.” (Ps 128:5-6a).
Please read my book “Families in the Holy Spirit”
for an explanation of headship and subordination.