The Holy Family
Jesus, Mary & Joseph
1st Reading: 1 Samuel 1:20-22,24-28: Samuel is made over to the Lord for the whole of his life.
2nd Reading: 1 John 3:1-2.21-24: We are called God’s children, and that is what we are.
Gospel: Luke 2: 41-52: Jesus is found by his parents sitting among the doctors.
It is called the holy family because God himself made the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and they did the will of God according to God’s plan. They never disobeyed God’s command but loved Him with obedience and humility and walked always in His directions.
God established the first human family of Adam and Eve in His own image and likeness and gave them freedom to live as a holy family but they disobeyed Him; whereas the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph always obeyed Him and loved Him.
Today our families are in danger falling apart; divorce, separation, violence, murder, abuse, abortion, injustice, inequality, gay marriage etc are signs of destruction of family, society and the church. The society or the church will never grow if the true meaning of family values are ruined. Unity and indisobility are the main fundamental character of a married life. Rights, respect, obedience, support and kindness are needed to be a stable and fruitful family life.
The holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is a great example for us today to live according to God’s plan and obedience to God’s command. The holy family played the vital role in the salvation history and continued the work of God. God loved us so much and He has been always faithful to us; so let us love, serve and glorify Him and be faithful to Him at all time.
As God’s chosen race and his saints let us try to live as the body of Jesus Christ and a family of true love, peace, joy, compassion, kindness, generosity, humility, gentleness, patience and forgiveness. We are all the children of one God in His beautiful creation to live joyfully and give life to others as Jesus did.