December 27, 2020
The Holy Family B
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40
Here we are at the end of 2020. For many of us there is probably a sigh of relief that the year is finally over. For ten months the world has been faced with an epidemic that has affected everyone in some way or other. Yes, it has been a challenging year. And what does the Church give us to reflect on this weekend? The importance of FAMILY. WE do this by contemplating the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph, who formed a family of love and faith. It is interesting that we know much about Jesus in his infancy, and his adulthood, but very little of his growing-up years. Today’s feast reminds us that Jesus grew up in a family. And families have their ups and downs, their tensions and joys. And through it all, it is in the family that we grow, learn and learn to love. The same is true of Jesus. He needed to grow, as we all do, in his understanding of who He was, and what His Father in heaven wanted him to be. And we learn that he did grow in age, wisdom and grace. Imagine the same thing being said of any one of us! What a marvelous life we would be leading. What a blessed existence we would have. What a holy family we would be! Today’s feast of the Holy Family reminds us that being a family in this, or any other age takes hard work and sacrifice. It takes commitment and love. It takes faith. This is what it means to be a true, Christian family. To be sure, it is not easy, and never has been. However, it is our call as God’s children to be united in care and compassion for one another. In order for this to happen, we must follow the example of the young Jesus, and grow strong, be filled with wisdom, and be open to the grace of God which can transform us into images of His goodness and love. This is a beautiful life. This is a family. May you, as part of our parish family, have a blessed and happy New Year!