Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Every year, the Sunday after Christmas Day is observed in our Church as Holy Family Sunday. (Unless Christmas Day falls on a Sunday). This is so because Christmas is about the Birth day of Jesus. All births are normally a family experience. A father, mother and child. God, in becoming human, did so in the human way by choosing to be born in the family of Mary and Joseph. Notice that Luke tells us that when the shepherds who were out in the fields hurried to see what the Angel told them to look for, they saw Mary, her husband, Joseph and a baby. They found a family. It is this that we are celebrating today. That God chose to reveal himself in and through a family. The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
What message can this have for us today? That the family is not just a social construct but more so a divine unity. In other words, God wants us to experience him in our family. Our family is holy too because Jesus’ birth in a family sanctifies every birth, every family.
Today, therefore, I invite you to take time to thank God for your family. It may not be the best of families. It may be a family with problems and challenges and even pain and shame. But it is still a Holy family because of Christmas. Because Jesus chose to share in our lives as human beings in and through the family.
Let us pray.
Father, thank you for the Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph. Their yes to your love makes it possible for our family to be holy. May our families be loving and forgiving families. Father, our family is your gift to us so that we can experience your love for us. May family life continue to blossom according to you will. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Clement Paul.