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December 30, 2018

Feast of the Holy Family

 

Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14

 Psalm 128:1-5

Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17

Luke 2:22-40


When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord  (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”[a]),  and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”[b]


 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.  Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:


 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”  The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,  so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”  There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,  and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[d]She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.  Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.  When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.  And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

 

 

On the last Sunday of the year and first Sunday after Christmas we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. Today is a very special day when we remember our own family especially our parents and bring all of them to the Altar for God’s blessing from the Holy Family. The significance of the Feast unfolds when we come to understand the deeper truths it reveals. It teaches us about Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and how they lived together nurturing the young Jesus to grow to be a man in wisdom and age and in divine and human favor. The feast of the Holy Family also reminds us about the importance of family in Christian life.


The family is the smallest unit of basic Christian community. It is where the young ones learn the meaning of being human, understands the primary lessons of living together and relating to each other. The quality of our societies and our parishes depends on the quality of life in the family of our parishes and churches.


In a beautiful address in December Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the life of the Holy Family in Nazareth. "The house of Nazareth is a school of prayer where we learn to listen, to meditate, to penetrate the deepest meaning of the manifestation of the Son of God, drawing our example from Mary, Joseph and Jesus. The Holy Family is an icon of the domestic Church, which is called to pray together. The family is the first school of prayer where, from their infancy, children learn to perceive God thanks to the teaching and example of their parents. An authentically Christian education cannot neglect the experience of prayer. If we do not learn to pray in the family, it will be difficult to fill this gap later. I would, then, like to invite people to rediscover the beauty of praying together as a family, following the school of the Holy Family of Nazareth".


The family is the first school of every child. What we learn in the initial years of our life as human determines to a large extent what kind of person we will become. The modern psychology affirms that the basic personality traits of an individual are formed in the first few years of his/her existence depending very much on what kind of environment s/he receives from the immediate family. If we look back to our own life we can see that the basis characteristics we carry are all learned from our family.  

 

Today’s Gospel story tells us of a family pilgrimage to the temple which goes all wrong. Child Jesus was lost while coming back from the yearly visit to the Jerusalem Temple. Mary and Joseph find him in the temple after three days of search.  We can see the anxiety and anguish of the Mary and Joseph while searching for child Jesus. However it is packed with lessons for those enrolled in the School of Nazareth. We cannot program our lives in its entirety.  Life unfolds or as one author put it, “Life is what happens when you are planning something else.” It takes unexpected turns most of which are not the result of a personal or family decision but due rather to illness, physical or mental; loss of job; personality differences, and so on.


So, on this Sunday dedicated to family life, I invite you to reflect on ‘family life’ through the lens of the unexpected or unanticipated events that are inevitable in the life of any family. Things can go wrong at any moment of our life in the family. We may lose our happiness over thousands of reasons that can happen at any time. Misunderstandings, education of the children, job, sickness, accident etc. can strike us at any moment. However the important thing is how we face it. We cannot escape or pretend that everything is fine. Do we have the courage to go back to the temple to find Jesus? Are we ready to undertake the search that is necessary to regain our happiness in the family?


Mutual respect, children toward parents and parents toward children, is a basic virtue and a perennial value applicable to any age or culture despite the changes in family structure that have occurred down through the ages. Respect means to give attention to another; to look with reverence at another. But the application extends far beyond the members of a biological family to the parish, to the neighborhood, to the work environment, to the political arena and even to global relationships. James Baldwin made this very insightful observation: “Children have never been very good at listening to their parents, but they have never failed to imitate them.”


Fr. Justin Akkara CMI


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