27TH DECEMBER, 2020.
SUNDAY WITHIN CHRISTMAS OCTAVE
†THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY, AND JOSEPH
Gen 15:1-6; 21:1-3/Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9/Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19/Lk 2:22-40
(Rev Fr Isaac Kofi Amponsah-Boateng, CSSp; Director, Holy Ghost Schools-Makueni, Sultan Hamud, Catholic Diocese of Machakos)
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Model family. What does the celebration mean to us? In the 1st Reading, Abraham showed much concern about his family. He had a dialogue with God concerning the future of his family.
By believing in God’s promises God granted Isaac to Abraham and Sarah even in their old age. In the 2nd Reading, the writer of the Letter to the Hebrews, acknowledges the faith of Abraham and Sarah which brought forth Isaac.
Revelations come and are fulfilled in the family when members believe in God’s promises, become responsible and care for one another.
In the Gospel, Mary and Joseph, following the Mosaic law (Ex 13:11-16) presented the infant Jesus to God the Father in the Temple to show the religious upbringing of Jesus.
As responsible parents, they knew and performed their roles to the utmost level. It had enormous influence on their child — who “grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.” Parents and guardians must understand that they teach their children not so much by what they say but what they do. And the surest way to live authentic family life is to offer one another to God in prayer.
All families, be it biological or foster or created families, in their care for one another, must endeavour to pray for one another, for the family that prays together stays to together.
~•That the Church may continue to protect, preserve and promote family life using the Holy Family as a model
~•That our world leaders may recognise and acknowledge that we are all members of the same human family
~•That all who are homeless may experience the care and love of God.