THE SERVANT GENERAL
THEME FOR 2019
Feast of the Holy Family
family is God’s design. It is to be a family on mission,
one growing in holiness and engaged in the work of the Kingdom.
As head of the family, the father takes on Joshua’s
commitment: “As for me and my household, we will serve
does the individual family member relate to God?
to grow in godly virtues, such as “heartfelt compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Col
3:12), and most especially, love and the peace of Christ
right relationships with others, such as “bearing
with one another and forgiving one another” (Col 3:13).
and live the word of Christ (Col 3:16a).
be thankful to God and do everything in His name (Col 3:17).
How should family members act toward each other?
Children to parents – honor and respect them (Sir
3:3-8,12), and serve them (Sir 3:7b), and obey them (Col
3:20). Jesus himself was obedient to his parents (Lk 2:51).
to husbands – be subordinate to them (Col 3:18). The
headship of the husband is intended for peace, order and
unity in the family.
to wives – love them (Col 3:19). Such love is to be
unilateral, unconditional and self-sacrificial.
to children – do not provoke them (Col 3:21).
All the above is designed to prepare the family to serve the
Lord. They are not just designed to keep the family together
to to have proper functioning of family relationships. Jesus
himself, at just twelve years old, did not join the returning
caravan with his parents but rather remained behind in Jerusalem.
And where was he found by his parents? “After three
days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of
the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions”
(Lk 2:46). When Mary rebuked him, Jesus answered: “Why
were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in
my Father’s house?” (Lk 2:49).
translation of Jesus’ answer is this: “I must
be about my Father’s work.” In effect, Jesus was
telling them: family and our being together is just preparation
and formation for doing God’s work. At the tender age
of twelve, with his formal work still much later at the age
of thirty, Jesus was already going about the service of God.
this incident, Jesus “went down with them and came to
Nazareth, and was obedient to them” (Lk 2:51a). He returned
to the family home and continued to be formed. And here “Jesus
advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.”
(Lk 2:52). Years later, he went on to do greater things for
God uses the family and the home to form His holy warriors,
who then are sent out to do mission for Him. This is the greatest
blessing for our lives here on earth, to be families on mission.
And how are we blessed?
will be provided what we need in life, and even grow in
prosperity. “What your hands provide you will enjoy;
you will be blessed and prosper.” (Ps 128:2)
spouse and children will be blessed. “Your wife will
be like a fruitful vine within your home, your children
like young olive plants around your table.” (Ps 128:3).
the above, we ourselves are blessed, and will experience
these blessings down through the generations. “May
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).
Love, fear and serve the Lord, walking according to His ways.
Such is the key to great blessings. “Blessed are all
who fear the Lord, and who walk in his ways.” (Ps 128:1).
* * *