The General Synod of Bishops on the Family took place over a year ago and it has given us an opportunity to reflect on our faith in Jesus Christ, faith formation in our own lives and the many ways we impart and evangelize our faith to others, most importantly our children. The family has its beginning in the same love with which the Creator created each of us. This is expressed in the Book of Genesis [1:1] “In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth” and in John’s Gospel [3:16] “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,” who entered human history through the family. Jesus chose to redeem, to mirror man to himself, by means of growing up in a family. In Nazareth, Jesus is the obedient son to Mary his mother and Joseph. This filial obedience of Jesus is the first expression of the obedience that Jesus showed his father in his life but most especially in his death whereby he redeemed the world. Jesus Christ is the center of evangelization and the heart of catechesis and in the education of our faith, our true gift that helps us ascend to our highest calling in motherhood and fatherhood as a vocation to love. We are deeply affected by our family’s faith. The family posture towards life, death, fear and trust creates indelible impressions on children whose spirits are being formed. The spiritual art of busy family life depends on two important disciplines, the first, availability and the second, Sabbath keeping. When we speak of availability in the family setting, we mean true attentive care for one another, trying hard to avoid over scheduling our children and ourselves. By Sabbath keeping we are scheduling family quality time together and most importantly making the Eucharist the foundation of our family. Our parish then embraces, nurtures, forms, and follows up on the well being of the family and their faith journey. Together, we create a sense of place, an identity in communion with one another, where welcoming and letting go and justice and mercy meet.
“The future of humanity passes by way of the family… The family has the mission to guard, reveal and communicate love, and this is a living reflection of and a real sharing in God’s love for humanity and the love of Christ the Lord for the Church His bride.” JPII FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO