The family functions as a little church

The family is like a little church. Using that model, we can see the responsibilities of the people within a family correspond to the responsibilities of people within a church. If this is the case, then we must treat the people within our families as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Because of this, if we are trying to see what are the responsibilities of the people (husband, wife, children) within a family, we can not avoid the verses in the Bible which speak about personal character and personal responsibitlities, love, relationships, etc. Our familiy is our first ministry. Because of that, we should treat our familiy members with love and humility – instead as if they are not important.

This article contains certain principles of marriage that could help you. You can find a series on marriage here.


11 Responses

  1. Well said, WB.

  2. I wish that more people would understand the role of the family not only in our churches, but in the civilization as well. Families were created long before religion (long?) anyway, they were part of the harmonious Creation.

  3. It always surprises me when ppl do things to the detriment of the family, especially things that discourage having children, or encourge parents to give up their parental roles.

    But I think its even worse when family members treat ppl they should love with hate or worse, as if they are furniture or slaves, or perhaps worst of all, as if they don’t care about them at all.

    We need to love others and show it in practical ways – especially to our family.

  4. This reminds me of the Holy Family Joseph, Mary & Jesus, and then of the Family (Godhead) within the Trinity of God: the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The lasting and eternal relationships of Love! (John 15: 1-17 ; 16:13-15 ; 17:20-25….Eph. 3:14-20)

  5. Yes, and as the Catholics say, since the 4th century, I am sure that the family unit, where individuality exists, as does subordination, it does remind one of the post-4th century Trinity.

  6. Yes, Joseph gets little press. Joel wrote a nice piece the other day, but implied that perhaps some knew of Mary’s situation being a Virgin. But since the time of betrothal could include sexual realtions in the Jewish culture, and time then, there is nothing to suggest that Joseph spoke of this with any others. In fact the text of Matt. 1:19, shows that he had “decided secretly to divorce her.” “On these things now he was thinking..” (verse 20).

    Yes the love between Joseph and Mary was a profound love! But much more than just human love, for they both had realized that this child, this Son had the providence and calling of God on his life! (Lk. 1:28-38) Indeed, a Holy Family!

  7. Fr. R.,

    You wrote, “the time of betrothal could include sexual realtions in the Jewish culture”…

    Do you have references for this information? Not that I don’t believe you, but I will need to back it up later if I say it.

  8. wb,
    I believe this comes from a R. Catholic source, but I will try and find it, as to the exact statement, etc. I was going on memory, but I know its there.

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