Unity defines the notion of “family.” While everyone has a father and a mother, not everyone experiences the reality we call “family.” In one sense, family is a unit of connected people. Family is a unit of parents and children that do things together, that shares common goals and ideals, that shares love on a deep level.
Shared activities build up that deep sense of family, especially those activities that honor a family member. Since the Seventh Sunday in Easter falls in May-June, families can share an activity that celebrates Mother’s or Father’s Day. This year, focus your celebrations of these days not on the individual parent, but on the family. In other words, celebrate the Mother’s or Father’s place in the family. Make the day a celebration of family unity and family love.
In your celebration, include the reading of John 17:1-11a. Stress the unity of the family as an analogy of God’s unity. Not only are people made in the image and likeness of God. Families are made in the image and likeness of the Trinity. As the Father and the Son are one, so can families become one.