Feast of the Holy Family
Sunday, December 29, 2019
This feast is a unique celebration of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. It draws our attention to their life together and their role as a model religious family, the domestic church. Jesus was born into a loving family. He was protected, nurtured and taught by loving parents. He, like other children, caused his parents frustration and fear. He shared their hope and joy. Pope Francis in his homily for this feast in 2015 said, “Let us not lose confidence in the family! It is beautiful when we can always open our hearts to one another and hide nothing. Where there is love, there is also understanding and forgiveness.”
Our first two readings for this weekend encourage healthy family life. Sirach gives advice about honoring one’s father and mother and taking care of elderly parents. In St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians gives a list of virtues that would enhance the life of family. St. Paul urges us to cap all our actions with love.
The Gospel passage, on the other hand, pushes us into another realm altogether. The life described is not that of a peaceful family. The Holy Family is forced to fear for their lives to become refugees in a foreign land.
How many families around the world experience this kind of disruption and dislocation today? Our church reminds us of our obligation to welcome the stranger and to provide support to families who are facing difficulties. Join me in prayer for displaced families and our own.
Thank you to all on the Arts & Environments Committee for decorating our church, lectors, communion distributors, servers, choirs and sacristans and all who assisted in anyway with our beautiful Christmas Masses. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Please join other members of the community for New Year’s Day Mass as we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary at 10 am on Wednesday.
Have a blessed week and grace filled New Year!