The Church in the liturgy of this Sunday proposes the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph as a model to be followed, but we must follow that the ultimate model is the life of God himself. St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (3:14) writes, “I fall on my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its true name.” In his letter to the Colossians (3:12-21) St. Paul presents a set of guidelines to live as children of God by living a true Christian family life. It serves like a check-list of behavior that is required for a happy, healthy and holy family. St. John (1 Jn. 3:1) says, “See how much the Father has loved us? His live is so great that we are called God’s children – and so, in fact, we are.” When one cannot respect one’s own parents can she/he respect and honor a God who is invisible? It is God’s commandment to honor your father and mother. These relationships are interrelated and one makes the other stronger (or weaker).
Family is the place where each of us learn values and realizes ourselves as valuable. The gospel of today (Luke 2:41-52) presents the very human experience of the holy family. It was customary for all Jews to go to Jerusalem for the three main feasts, that of , Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacle. The readings indicate that the parents of Jesus used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover. Jesus is 12 years old and is reaching adulthood. He begins to realize his future ministry. In his response to Mary, in this incident, he indicates God as his Father. He is beginnings to understand his special relationship to the Father and his mission. In spite of this awareness Jesus grows and matures gradually under the guidance of Joseph and Mary, in Nazareth, to whom, he was obedient.
May Jesus, Mary and Joseph bless your family to grow as a holy family.
WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR!