O most Holy Family: Jesus, Mary & Joseph

January 08, 2016
Source: District of the USA

There are so many lessons on how to live a virtuous familial life that can be derived from the example of the Holy Family as we read in some Scriptural offerings and a poetic tribute.

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 1 Corinthians 11:3

For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom all paternity in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened by his Spirit with might unto the inward man; that Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts; that being rooted and founded in charity, you may be able to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth: To know also the charity of Christ, which surpasseth all knowledge, that you may be filled unto all the fulness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience: Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection: And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Wives, be subject to your husbands, as it behoveth in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter towards them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to indignation, lest they be discouraged. Colossians 3:12-21

Being subject one to another, in the fear of Christ. Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord: Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it: That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish. Ephesians 5:21-27


O most Holy Family: Jesus, Mary & Joseph

O Holy Family—
Guardian of virgins,
Virgin of virgins,
Virgin-Birth—
image of the
Holy Trinity
here on earth;
model of
charity, chastity,
humility, modesty,
poverty, sanctity;
three-in-One,
One-in-three,
O most Holy Family...
Jesus, Mary, Joseph:
grant us,
we beseech thee
to live our lives
in unity,
that is...

Charity,
the bond of
perfection,[1]
with all
simplicity,
and meekness of heart,[2]
in humble subjection
to the will of God[3]

Instill in us
a meek and humble attitude;
Help us to live a life
of rectitude and gratitude,
a life founded, grounded
on the beatitudes,[4]
in all plenitude...
full of grace and truth[5]

Help us to crucify
our selfish self-love,[6]
that we may love others,
and God above,
with perfect charity;
For, these commandments
form the greatest two,[7]
they encapsulate all;
For, the love of God
and neighbor
is the fulfilling of the law[8]

Guide us along the
path of purgation;
enlighten us with
thine illumination,
that we may grow
to the age of perfection,[9]
and attain our
final destination...
the state of Divine affiliation;[10]
we, lowly, sinful creatures,
called to be partakers
of the Divine nature[11]

For, to this,
we are called,
in imitation of thee...
holiness,[12]
sanctity[13]...
without which,
God...
we shall not see[14]


Footnotes

1 Colossians 3:14.

2 Matthew 5:4, 11:29.

3 Matthew 1:24, 12: 50, 26:39, 42;  Luke 1:38;  John 4:34, 8:29;  Hebrews 10:7; Psalm 39:8-9.

4 Matthew 5:3-10.

5 John 1:14.

6 Colossians 3:5-9; Ephesians 4:22, 25.

7 Matthew 22:35-40; Mark 12:28-31;  John 13:34-35.

8 Romans 13:8, 10.

9 Ephesians 4:13; Colossians 1:28.

10 1 John 3:1-2.

11 2 Peter 1:4.

12 Leviticus 11:44, 46, 19:2, 20:7;  Ephesians 1:4, 4:24; 1 Peter 1:15-16.

13 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7; 1 John 3:3.

14 Hebrews 12:14.