December 27, 2020

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Jesus, the newborn gift from God, who is God in humble humanity, comes to the temple to fulfill the law and be consecrated to the Lord. Mary and Joseph make the sacrificial offering of the poor: two turtledoves. Pause with this image of mom and dad offering their firstborn to God. This is the icon of the Holy Family. It foreshadows every couple who in our time, bring their child for baptism. Promises are made as the child shares in the sacrifice of Christ dying to live reborn in the family of God, a member of the body of Christ.

Two elders who happen to be in the temple in prayer and expectation tell the meaning of what is taking place. Both uttered words of hope. Simeon saw Jesus as “a light of revelation to the Gentiles.” Anna spoke about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. Amid the joy, there is a prediction of suffering for Mary, as a sword would pierce her soul, “so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” The heart becomes the icon of eternal life as the place of divine indwelling.

The Holy Spirit is present, and speaking as prophetic texts link him to Simeon. The old man recognizes and praises God and blesses the parents of Jesus. The church’s night prayer echoes him: “Lord, now let your servant go in peace.…”

Saint Peter Julian saw those who followed him in placing the Eucharist at the center of their life as a little family of holy mother church, seeking to bring everyone into the family of God. Today is a day to tell your family how deeply you love each of them. It is also an excellent day to make amends or bring healing to anyone who may be alone or without family.

Let Us Pray:

God, our Father, in the Holy Family, you show us a household drawn together in love. We humbly ask that through the intercession of the Virgin Mother of God and Saint Joseph, you will establish our families firmly in your grace and peace through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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