The Holy Family

31 Dec 2017 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on The Holy Family

Every year on the first Sunday immediately after Christmas, the Church celebrates the Holy Family. And in so doing, it gives the celebrating priest a choice among several Scriptural passages to proclaim, and presumably to preach on. Shouldn’t we wonder why? We don’t need Sociologists to tell us that family life is important for a healthy and prosperous society. Rather, our faith tells us that true happiness and our destiny is to love one another without qualification and to always trust in God who is Love (Epistle of St. John) and the source of all our human love. We don’t, because of original sin, do those automatically, but rather we have to learn to do both, and for most of us that is a slow process (requiring a lifetime).

Family is where we learn our first lessons: the love of parents for one another, the love of parents for children and the love of children for parents, and the sacrifices of egotism those inevitably demand. The Holy Family is held up to us as a model to be imitated, as a reminder of our responsibilities, and as a source of the graces necessary to fulfill them. Blessed be God’s gift of family. Thank you God.

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