FAMILY

 

The first miracle performed by Jesus was in a family - John 2: 1-11. He made water into wine and delivered the family from dishonor. God says, "I hate divorce" - Malachi 2:16. Jesus wants to save every family. A family in misfortune cannot be delivered without a miracle. A family on the brink of a breakdown needs a divine interaction. Jesus entered the family of Zacchaeus. When Jesus interacted he repented. Then "Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house'" - Luke 19: 9.

Problems in families will be solved only if God interacts. We must entrust all the difficulties in the family to the Lord. He interacts in the family and grants deliverance. There arose a great problem in the family life of Holy Virgin Mary. She was made pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Joseph decided to dismiss her in secrecy. God interacted. "An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit...' when Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife" - Matt 1:20-24. It is God who brings the husband and wife together. "They are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate" - Matt 19: 6. If there is any problem at home, between husband, wife or children, instead of calling the police or going to court, invite Jesus. He will save your family.

 

How to receive Blessing in a Family

Entrust all your problems to Jesus. He will save your family. Offer all the problems to Jesus and ask him to interact in your life. 

 

Differences between husband and wife, the lack of love, being without children, waywardness of children, bad habits of children, members of family and spouse, alcoholism, debts, joblessness, homelessness, envy and enmity of the neighbors, hindrances to marriage, lack of prayer, divorce, lack of mutual respect, squandering, serious diseases, obstacles in all matters and so on - must be surrendered to Jesus. Invite Jesus into your life and family problems. The one who solved the problems of many a thousand will surely solve yours too.

 

Remedies

  1. Accept your life partner as a God-given gift - Tobit 6: 17.

  2. Take decision only through mutual consultation and sharing.

  3. Appreciate and encourage your life partner. Do not give much correction. Instead, pray for change. The more you give correction, the more the person will be corrupted.

  4. Love your wife as yourself - Eph 5: 28 & Col 3: 19. Respect your husband - Eph 5: 24 & Eph 5: 21.

  5. Unconditional forgiveness and unlimited prayers will solve all your family problems. "Try to forgive seventy times seven" - Matt 18: 21, i.e., unlimitedly.

  6. Have family prayer everyday. "The family that prays together stays together." Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet with special intentions before every decade are good family prayers.

  7. Share your burdens and housework with each other. Carrying the burdens each other and fulfill the law of the Lord - Gal 6:2.

  8. Do not neglect the needs of the family members - 1 Timothy 5:8.

  9. Do not deny the conjugal right of the life partner even though you do not want it - 1 Cor 7: 4.

  10. Avoid all extra-marital sexual relationship including all types of sexual enjoyment other than from the legitimate life partner. Let everyone respect the marriage and keep the marriage bed holy and pure - Heb 13: 4.

 

Prayer to receive Blessings in a Family

Jesus, do a miracle in our family as you had done a miracle at Cana to save a marriage. Without a miracle, our marriage will not be saved; will not be blessed. So, Lord, we surrender all our family problems to you, come and heal us. O Jesus send your Holy Spirit upon our household and transform us into your likeness and image that we lost by committing sin. Help us Lord, to forgive each other unconditionally. Help us to pray together, to glorify your holy name in your family. (After this do Divine Mercy Chaplet)