Reflections on the family:

  1. God’s providential care and presence: the journey down to Egypt is the model for Israel’s trust and dependence on God to care for them in their need. In other words, so too the modern family in all its ups and downs depends on God to care for the family, and without God there is nothing.
  2. Practicing the virtues: the list could be a constant conversation in the family as members share how they did with a particular virtue that day.
  3. Intergenerational love and honor: we ought to recover the model of family that goes way beyond the merely nuclear family. We need grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles in the family circle.
  4. Service: in the family everyone has a job to do, a talent to share, and a service to render. In this family, a child learns service to others as a fundamental way of contributing to the world around them.
  5. Vision: As Joseph has dreams, a family needs a vision of who they re, a high water mark to live up to, and since the modern world does not offer a template for family beside the nuclear family, then the biblical model stills work for us.

These points would be offered to encourage god healthy and holy family life, without ever having to mentions all the ills of the modern world in the homily.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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