I read somewhere that there are six types of families. The first one is Kurukshetra which means the family will be like 'Kurukshetra'. Those who do not know 'Kurukshetra', it means the battle field of the Mahabharata between Pandava and Kauravas. Kurukshetra family is 24/7 fighting family.
The second is restaurant, this kind of family is like a restaurant , family come together only for dining, relation is very poor. The house becomes just a restaurant, a place to eat.
The third one is cemetery, you may guess how this family would look like, very silent, no communication, not because of they are practicing virtue, but poor relationship. They may live under one roof, but far away from hearts. The family becomes like a cemetery with great silence of non communication and love.
The fourth one is hostel, it is similar like a restaurant, family becomes a place for rest and sleep. Again there is lack of relationship, the family members have their own room, TV, computer and cellphones, they disperse to their room saying goodnight. Poor sharing and communication, each one becomes an island.
The fifth one is club, a place for celebration and enjoyment.The neighbourhood thinks that this family is a happy family because of their life celebrations but when we dig their lives we see lots of past wounds and anger towards each other.
The final one is sweet home, the model is holy family where each one becomes symbol of love. Each one is enthusiastic to love each other, it is a praying family, a sacrificing family. They live in Pentecostal experience. To understand Pentecostal experience, we may have to look in to the Babel in the Book of Genesis. According to the story, a united humanity is building a city with a tower whose top may reach unto heaven. God came down to see what they did and confused their languages, so that they would not be able to return to each other, and they left off building the city. At Pentecost. people from all over the world were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate, and St. Peter was preaching, even though they all spoke different languages they could all understand what he was saying. On that day 3,000 people became Christians!
Sweet home is the symbol of this Pentecost experience. Every one in the family understands each other. Husband understands wife, father and mother understand children, mother- in- law understand daughter- in- Law. That is really sweet home. As we celebrate feast of holy family let us reflect over this.