Feast Of the Holy Family
The Holy Family. The perfect model of family which every Christian home should emulate. So what makes this family worthy of being called Holy. Is it Mary, or Joseph? I don’t think they had any parenting experience. I mean they were both young, and though they both agreed to God’s plan, their initial will was just to get married. God only knows how long it would have taken before they had considered parenting if things went their way. So what could make this family Holy?
1)Obedience: Mary and Joseph are perfect models of faith and obedience. They were obedient to God’s will for them totally surrendering their lives to Him.
2)God’s presence: They realized they couldn’t do it all without God’s constant presence. This can be illustrated in today’s Gospel. I can imagine the discomfort, the panic and confusion Joseph and Mary must have felt looking for the child Jesus, God made man for three straight days! And these leads to questions we ought to ask ourselves
How many times have we lost Christ when we put the material possessions in the forefront of our lives? How many times have we being soo engulfed in work that we don’t spend quality time with our family and make our children grow up believing happiness depends on material possessions because we are busy paper chasing? How often do we lose Christ as a result of the loads of garbage we carry with us in our lives?
Sometimes we as families get overcomed with the burdens that we end up losing Jesus in our lives and homes. Then confusion sets in. But we can learn how to make our homes holy. What made a family like that of Jesus, Mary and Jesus? Its obedience and the presence of our Lord. Let us like Mary and Joseph go back to reconnect with Jesus and see things go well in our families.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, make ours homes like yours. Amen