December 30, 2017 12:00 pm

Fr. James Bacik: On this feast of the Holy Family, the epistle, from the letter to the Colossians, offers advice that can enrich family life. Using the image of putting on clothing, Paul, or one of his followers as many reputable scholars claim, writes: “Put on, as Gods’ chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another.” Extending the dressing image, he continues: “And over all those put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.” Stressing the importance of gratitude, Paul adds: “And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,” and “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,” preparing you to teach and admonish one another wisely and to pray together joyfully. Historically, Christian teaching challenged the patriarchal patterns of family life that totally dominated the Greco-Roman world at the beginning of at the beginning of the Christian era. (Continued next message)