When Jesus gathered his disciples around him they composed a spiritual family in which each member could grow to spiritual maturity with the help of the others. Sometimes their relationships became strained, as they will in any family. Usually the cause was a spirit of competition and insistence on having their own way. However Jesus always brought them back to mutual acceptance and love. He taught them to let go of selfishness and to become one in him.
Jesus still behaves in this manner. Most of his disciples live in families where the relationships can foster the spirit Jesus wants for his disciples. Mother and father and children, one parent and children, or a married couple can gradually form a bond which is able to survive occasional conflicts and emerge stronger than before. What is needed is good will. In addition, families like individuals need the guidance of the Lord.
You have called me, Lord Jesus, to live in a family or a community in which there are different temperaments and ways of looking at life. Give me the wisdom to value harmony above all differences that might otherwise divide us.