The month of February is dedicated to the Holy Family. The first ten days of February fall within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time which
is represented by the liturgical color green. Green, the symbol of
hope, is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful
the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope
of a glorious resurrection. The remaining days of February are the
beginning of Lent. The liturgical color changes to purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart.
month of February is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Family.
Between the events which marked Christmas and the beginning of Christ's
public life the Church has seen fit to recall the example of the Holy
Family for the emulation of the Christian family.
In Ordinary Time
Let your face shine on your servant. Save me in your merciful love. O Lord, let me never
be put to shame, for I call on you.
Jesus' statement that no prophet is accepted in his home
town reminds us that it is often difficult to hear a challenging
message from those who know us best, even if it is true. Perhaps we
remember and even regret this aspect of our childhood and adolescence.
We may have overlooked the wisdom and guidance of our parents, while
allowing the voices of others—teachers, friends, and counselors—to
carry more weight, even when these people were telling us the same
thing. Perhaps this developmental stage is unavoidable. Perhaps as we
have matured, we have come to a new appreciation for our parents and
others whose perspective and experience we once rejected. Today's
Gospel provides an opportunity to talk about and to learn from such