By Sabbath-keeping we are scheduling family quality time together, and most importantly, making the Eucharist the foundation of our family.
The past few weeks Scripture has given us multiple models of faith lived out in the world over the past 3,000+ years. They have 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. Our own families have as their foundation, the same love with which God created the world and 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 live as a model for man, by means of growing up in a family. In Nazareth, Jesus is the obedient son to Mary his mother and Joseph. The obedience Jesus showed to his earthly parents, is the first expression of the obedience that Jesus showed His Father in heaven throughout His life but most especially in His death, whereby He redeemed the world.
Jesus Christ is the reason and center of our evangelization and the heart of our faith formation, 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 our children whose spirits are being formed. The spiritual art of a busy family life depends on two important disciplines; the first, availability and the second, keeping holy the Sabbath day.
When we speak of availability in the family setting, we speak about 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, as a family embraces, nurtures, forms, and follows up on the well-being of each of its members 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
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