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What is a Home?

I looked up the definition of 'home" today on google, thinking: what is the world's consensus on what a 'home' is? Google says home is: "the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household". A place you live permanently, with family. I don't know about you, but I have moved a few times in my life. I have had four homes that I can remember. We used to live in London, and moved to Tillsonburg, and now I go to school in London. So which one is true 'home'? The next part, 'as part of a family'. How many of you have family permanently living in your home? People get older, children move out. The core family is always changing. But you can always depend on each other right? You're connected for life no matter what. When things go wrong, you will be there. When it's time for celebration, who is better to celebrate with than those you love? This is when we turn to our faith.

God is and always will be our 'home', the place where we can go no matter what happens and feel a sense of permanence and peace. Through God we are given true comfort and protection. We also are connected with the entire body of Christ, the Church. Our Church is not only our earth family, but every believer in Christ, even the Saints. When we pray, even on our own, we are connected with every person who believes in Christ.

In today's Gospel reading, we are told how to act as the body of Christ: "Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road" (Luke 10:3-4). We are given instruction to just go out, and bring people to Christ. We are to bring nothing with us, and step out of our comfort zones. This could mean simply speaking up on an issue when you normally stay quiet. God gives us a permanent home in Christ. If we put our trust and hope in him, we will always have family, always have guidance; and always have a home.

Today's prayer is from the Catholic Family Prayers Website, a prayer for the Holy Family:

Let us pray [as the family of God who share in his life] Father in heaven, creator of all, you ordered the earth to bring forth life, and crowned its goodness by creating the family of man. In history's moment when all was ready You sent your Son to dwell in time, obedient to the laws of life in our world. Teach us the sanctity of human love, show us the value of family life, and help us to live in peace with all men that we may share in your life forever. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen


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