Feast of The Holy Family 2008

Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family…

Feast of the Holy Family Sunday after Christmas
30 December 2007

Readings

Ecclesiasticus 3:2-6, 12-14
Psalm 127
Colossians 3:12-21
Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

A Thought for the day …

Inspiration for Family Life…

The shepherds hastened to Bethlehem, where they found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.”

It often strikes me that Christmas is referred to it as the great family feast.  The time for family reunions, for family reconciliation, time for family sharing.  It is indeed a special time for children, for parents, for families.

What we are really celebrating of course is the birthday of Jesus… the birthday of the Saviour.  God fulfils all the hopes of the past with the entry of his Son into our world.  God gives Himself to the world.  God becomes one of us in order to restore all humanity to Himself.  This is awesome.  And yet it is simple.

How does God come into our world?  As a baby.  He is born in Bethlehem.  He enters into the family of Mary and Joseph.  Today we celebrate the Feast of this Holy Family.  We celebrate the mystery of the child Jesus living with his parents.

That family too, like so many families today, has its own crises to deal with.  The Gospel recounts the threat from Herod and the necessary exile of the family until the threat is gone.  But there were other difficulties too – the warning about suffering that would be the lot of the child later was given by Simeon at the Presentation in the Temple – and when the child was twelve we find his distraught parents searching for their missing son.

Today, many people, with their own family problems, can draw hope, consolation and inspiration from the family of Nazareth.  Above all not to lose hope in the presence of God in each one, drawing good even where problems can appear insurmountable.

Fr Tom Curran sma
SMA House
Blackrock Road, Cork