I must admit that I struggled with feeling comfortable providing today’s reflection on “Holy Family Sunday”. So much so, that this morning, I attended Mass at Newman---I guess hoping that the priest’s homily would inspire me to great thoughts, or lowly plagiarism, whichever came first. Best laid plans---today was Newman’s ‘forward thinking’ day, where they, like us, allowed members of the congregation to preach.
A married couple did the honors, and initially, for me anyway, their talk exemplified what was making me most uncomfortable about how I should reflect. They started off by talking about how many Christmas cards portray the Holy Family as a perfect trio, haloes and all and, they pointed out that this portrait is inconsistent with the reality of the lives most families lead today.