The text of the 2nd reading of today’s Feast of the Holy Family (Col.3:12-21)
could possibly provoke a verbal reaction: IMPOSSIBLE!
To the Colossians – and to us – Paul says:
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…”
And to this list, forgiveness and love are added for good measure!
All those qualities that Paul, the apostle, tells us to put on like clothing –
how can we live according to them?
It is really impossible, that is, if we are left to ourselves!
At this point, the picture comes to my mind of a mother gently clothing a child.
Dressing the little one with a shirt, or a skirt, a sweater or a coat, shoes or boots.
Each item is fitted to the child’s body.
Then, why not ask God… to do the same?
To clothe us himself with all these qualities pleasing to him that he would like to find in us!
It is surely NOT impossible to him!
Note: Another reflection is available on a different theme in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/fete-de-la-sainte-famille-annee-a-2019/
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