Jesus his new family: Things are turned upside down – The first are the last, and the least are the greatest, things are not ” natural “; People are more valued than possessions, and love for our biological kindred give way to SERVING EVERYONE AROUND US, even those who most unlike us. Like Children ( Matthew 18: 3 ) who pay little attention to race or social status, we enter a radically new way of relating to one another.
Today, there are countless challenges undermining families ( Matrimonial covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring….) from infidelity, divorce and poverty, to same sex relationships, pornography and drugs, more vividly assorted violence. But these problems are only visible symptoms of what ails us as a ” Christian community “. The absence of community centered on God ” in God we trust “. The hyper-individualistic worldview ” in man we trust ” or more barbaric popular ” America first “, that is the hallmark of our age. This is threat to the family as the only source of decent society, and to Children far more insidious than underfunded schools or immoral lifestyles.
This false “ Creed ” tries to shove God out of the public realm and confine Him to private spirituality or INTO SYNAGOGUES. It promises that maximizing personal autonomy ( above our consciousness ) will bring happiness. Now that the infection runs deep, it’s no wonder that many families are in trouble.
” Almighty & Awesome Father, please shine your light upon our families. Give us strength to overcome all the difficulties that we are dealing with now and protect us against any and all problems we may encounter in the future…. Merciful Father, please bring us together as we are meant to be. May your unconditional love that binds us, only grow stronger as we fulfill the destiny you have laid out for us ” ( Genesis 17: 7 )
Jesus Christ calls us to pursue not only the good of those nearest and dearest to us, but to seek the Kingdom of God and His justice. He adds: “ and then, all these things will be given to you as well ” ( Matthew 6: 33 ). We must put Christ & His Church first!...
Only then, will our Marriages and our Families be able to withstand the forces that threaten, them. And more importantly only then will we able to advance the Gospel of the Kingdom in this fragmented world.