A Child shall lead them… This quote from the Old Testament book of Isaiah (11:6) has the answer you can use today. Sister Anne Arabome, S.S.S. Today’s liturgical feast of the Holy Family honors Jesus; his mother, Mary; and his foster father, Saint Joseph; and their model as a family for all Christians. Get Breath of the Spirit scripture reflections in your inbox every week. What does "the holy family" look like in this 21st century? Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the feast of Holy Family. Mary responded with complete availability, serenity, and trust. Immersed in a mystery that is full of grace and promise, in the reign of God presumptions are challenged and the status quo reversed. On this first Sunday after Christmas, we are celebrating the Holy Family of Nazareth, and the Gospel invites us to reflect on the experience lived by Mary, Joseph and Jesus, as they grow together as a family in mutual love and in trust in God. The readings today give us a model for family life that is increasingly being ridiculed in modern society. Fr. Family life teaches us at a very early age how dependent we are on God and one another. Homily for the Sunday in the Octave of Christmas - The Holy Family. Yet heeding God’s will wasn’t an easy path for the holy family. Like our human families, the Church too can make mistakes, and whilst we try to be like the Holy Family, too often we fail. The Feast of the Holy Family reminds us that, as the basic unit of the universal Church, each family is called to holiness. It might be true to say that the focus of attention leading up and during the celebration of the Nativity is Jesus. Why didn’t the Jews and Samaritans get along. Reflection on the Gospel-Feast of the Holy Family Year B (Luke 2:22-40) -Veronica Lawson RSM. “Downton Abbey” went on and on and on and spun off into all sorts of… We seek and find the familial in circles of friends and faith communities. Each one possessed a unique identity, but together they experienced God’s eruption into their lives. Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5.Colossians 3:12-21 Luke 2:22-40. It is eminently practical, as seen in the advice of this reading, which outlines the duties of children toward their parents. He can be pictured tenderly taking Jesus in his arms and recognizing the child as the fulfillment of his longings and proclaiming the child as “a light of revelation to the nations and the glory of Israel.” Like Simeon, the prophet Anna has spent her entire life in prayerful vigilance. Jesus’ ministry is witness to this. To read or download […] Solemnity of the Holy Family. Joseph became deeply attuned to the silence within. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. Feast of the Holy Family. ​DignityUSA * PO Box 376 * Medford, MA 02155 * tel: 800.877.8797 * 202.861.0017 * fax: 617.716.6507, Breath of the Spirit Reflection: The Feast of the Holy Family, Breath of the Spirit Reflection: Answering the Call. Paul Gallagher, OFM for your prayer. To belong to a family is to dispel the myth of independence. Today, expanded understandings and configurations of families have enriched its appreciation as a social institution, as LGBTQI individuals and couples clearly witness to their committed love as a foundation for authentic family living. TANDAG CITY (MindaNews /27 December) — As we celebrate today the feast of the Holy Family, we recognize and revere Joseph, Mary, and Jesus whom we consider as exemplars of shared love and obedience to the will of God. Take some time in prayer and reflection on the life of the Holy Family. Salesian Sunday Reflection. Joseph embraced God’s will as “the father in the shadows”—as Francis describes him in Patris Corde—who exemplifies the love, courage, creativity, tenderness, acceptance, and hard work of a beloved father for his family. [Carol J. Dempsey is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey, and professor of biblical studies at the University of Portland, Oregon.] On the Feast of the Holy Family, we offer a Franciscan Gospel reflection and questions written by Fr. The liturgy for this Sunday, officially titled The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, began as a devotion in the 19th century, when many saw the institution of the family beleaguered and under siege. Simeon is akin to the prophets of old and we are reminded three times he is guided by the Holy Spirit. By trusting in God’s promise, she became, in the words of Pope Francis, the forebear of “all those unknown or forgotten women who, each in her own way, sustained and transformed families and communities by the power of their witness” (Gaudete et Exsultate). There was from all eternity a divine Holy Family of the three Persons. Opening their hearts to God interrupted and changed the course of their lives radically. It was once called Ecclesiasticus (Book of the Church), likely used as a catechetical aid in the early church. Copyright © 2021 US Catholic. Like many parents, they remained committed to their parenting vocation, celebrating its joys and hopes, embracing its pain and anxiety. It reminds us that, as Vatican II teaches, all human beings are called to the heights of holiness. In fact, Jesus Christ has instituted two Sacraments in His Church to make society holy – the Sacrament of priesthood and the Sacrament of marriage. An authentically Christian education cannot neglect the experience of prayer. NE Washington, DC 20017 Office: 202-526-3737 FAX: 202-526-1327 ucnsholyfamily@gmail.com (After hours in case of emergency: 202-262-5040) Their example of holiness isn’t ethereal; it is borne of their interior freedom and radical commitment to their roles as parents even in the face of difficulties and challenges. Holy Family University welcomes and cares for students, faculty, and staff as members of a diverse but interconnected family. Yet the infancy stories of the gospels leave us with scarce details about the family of Jesus. On today’s feast of the Holy Family, the Gospel Reading describes the Presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple. The family is the first school of prayer where, from their infancy, children learn to perceive God thanks to the teaching and example of their parents. Dec 26th, 2020; Icon by Kelly Latimore, 'La Presentacion de Cristo en el Templo' Sister Katrina Alton CSJP writes: The season of Advent has ended and the long awaited One has arrived. We see how Mary and Joseph give their Son back to God, and to other people as well, and we pray today for the courage to give the gift of Christ to others. -. December 27, 2020. Raymond Montero Ambray. The rite performed by Mary and Joseph, in offering their son Jesus to God, is an … Every family comes into existence in order to be a reflection on earth of the Eternal Family, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which constitutes the Holy Trinity. The reign of God is always bigger than any one idea, dogma, law, or institution. What do you most want to “live” during 2021? They didn’t have all the answers. The Book of Sirach, in the Wisdom tradition, was written about 180 BCE in Jerusalem and was a kind of handbook for ethical responsibility and righteous living. Holy Family University educates students to assume life-long responsibilities toward God, society, and self. Families can be the source of both greatest joy and deepest pain. This Sunday, we remember and celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. https://uscatholic.org/articles/202012/a-reflection-for-the-feast-of-the-holy-family Many parents value the extra … The Feast of the Holy Family reminds us that, as the basic unit of the universal Church, each family is called to holiness. Holy Family University educates students to assume life-long responsibilities toward God, society, and self. And Jesus incarnated the presence of the compassionate God-with-us. Reflection from Jon Schum The liturgy for this Sunday, officially titled The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, began as a devotion in the 19th century, when many saw the institution of the family beleaguered and under siege. He says that on the last Sunday of the year, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. He offers this formula for virtuous living: “clothe yourselves with heartfelt compassion, with kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…Above all else, put on love…” Paul may have been speaking metaphorically, referring to the baptismal garment, i.e., shedding the old garment and putting on the new self, in Christ Jesus. With the revision of the Roman calendar in 1969, the feast is now celebrated … Reflections for the Feast of Holy Family Fr. Click the button below to sign up. Tag: Holy Family reflections. Gospel Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family December 31st. Mary became a contemplative at heart. Christ too is the head of that family, though he has given us the Pope, along with Bishops and Priests to lead his family in his name. Feast of the Holy Family Reflections Celebrated each year on the Sunday after Christmas, the Feast of the Holy Family is a perfect time to reflect upon this holy model of love and unity. We tend to forget that the First Family of the Christian Church had their trials too, as St. Francis de Sales notes: We are often upset because things do not turn out the way we want them to. The feast of the Holy Family offers an opportunity to reflect on our call to holiness. As a cradle Catholic, I recall the holy family was held up as a model for emulation, even though the qualifier “holy” seemed to render it an unattainable ideal. REFLECTIONS: Holy Family Sunday 2020: Shared Love. Weekly Reflections. FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY REFLECTION HOMILY: WHY DID JESUS COME INTO THE WORLD IN A FAMILY? Some families are strong in virtue, some struggle with basic communication. December 27th, 2020: The Feast of the Holy Family, Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14Colossians 3:12-17Luke 2:22-40. In fact, in raising Jesus they learned what it meant to be a family—not a perfect or holy family, but a family of mutual love, care, and sacrifice. These qualities, which are relational in their focus, have universal application to social groupings, including families, which St. Paul specifically addresses in vv.18-21. “O God, who were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family, graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joy of your house, delight one day in eternal rewards And we draw from the truth of our life experience as we challenge voices in our political culture which still conspire to deny the rights to marriage and parenthood to those in our community. They are edited by Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Anne Marie Lom and Joe Thiel. The whole world seems to love a good family story and the entertainment industry knows it. The following core values inform the University as it seeks to carry out its Mission: Family. The excerpts from the Sunday readings are prepared by Joe Thiel. Texas: Reflection on the Holy Family. Tommy Lane The Holy Family of Nazareth, Jesus, Mary and Joseph are put before us by the Church this weekend as a model for our families. It required an unqualified and absolute acceptance. The Church too is a family, albeit a dispersed one. The holiness of the Holy Family reveals to us that every family is invited to share in God’s divine life and to encounter ordinary daily life with grace and virtue. This Sunday, we acknowledge the whole family! Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family O God, who were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family, graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joy of … Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14; Col 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40. This committed love is increasingly supported and valued by the families and allies of the LGBTQI community, and by many in the larger family of God, as seen in the open and affirming policies of many churches and religious organizations. Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family 4250 Harewood Rd. Nothing can replace your chapter or other faith community but we hope you will find further support here for integrating your spirituality with your sexuality and all the strands of your life. He also co-facilitates the Aging with Dignity caucus. Jon Schum is a long time member of Dignity Boston, has served the chapter in numerous capacities, and is one of it's ordained presiders. We try to connect with and enjoy the company of those with whom we have family ties, especially those who are alone or struggling in some way. More and more I have been thinking about the effect society has on our families, on how they live, and are defined. All Rights Reserved |, A reflection for the third Sunday of Ordinary Time. Holiness is a path for each person to discover, not a portrait to be copied and imitated sheepishly: “The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts” (Gaudete et Exsultate). Breath of the Spirit Reflection: Called to Relationship, Catholic Reform Oranizations Condemn Violence at the U.S. Capitol, Breath of the Spirit Reflection: The Welcoming and Commissioning Sacramentalities of Baptism. Holy Family – Holiness & Sanctification The feast of the Holy Family shows how far off-base I was. She said, “Yes,” not knowing what the future held. Ask the Holy Family for the strength and courage you need to live the qualities of family and community life as encouraged by St. Paul. “They obey God who bring comfort to their parents.”. Holy Family University welcomes and cares for students, faculty, and staff as members of a diverse but interconnected family. An adult child who faithfully cares for an aging parent fulfills a sacred obligation. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! This is a season of very mixed feelings around the experience of family. The Holy Family fulfills the law by presenting Jesus in the temple; a recognition that the child is a gift from God and must be given back to the giver. The Holy Family - held together by Love through all their problems Homily for the Sunday in the Octave of Christmas by Fr. As Francis reminds us, holiness is manifest “in those parents who raise their children with immense love” (Gaudete et Exsultate). It was believed the Holy Family could serve as a model and example for families and eventually this feast was incorporated into the Christmas cycle of the liturgical calendar. Like Elizabeth and Zachary, Mary and Joseph, and the shepherds in the fields, with neither status nor privilege, they are recipients of God’s great revelation. Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family, December 27. The reflection below was written by Janice and Gerry Vanderhaar for our Advent-Christmas 1996 reflection booklet, The Word Becomes Human so that We Might Become Fully Alive: Advent and Christmas Season 1996. The family is part of God’s plan for us. The extended family not only regulated one’s role but was also the social safety net for the individual. Pax Christ Reflection for Feast of the Holy Family. Today is the feast of the Holy Family. In chapters 3 and 4 of his Letter to the Colossians, St. Paul lays out a description of the ideal Christian life. Reflection - Feast of the Holy Family - 27 December 2020 After our celebration of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, our Christmas season continues for three consecutive Sundays with the feast of the Holy Family, the celebration of … We are here to offer all the members of our own families on the altar for God’s blessing. By. December 27, 2020 7:35 pm. Mary and Joseph gradually embraced their understanding of their roles as parents. She recognizes the child as the one who has been promised and thenceforth speaks of the child to all who listen. Those moments revealed the conviction of Mary and Joseph that theirs was a journey of faith, hope, and love. Celebrating the wholeness and holiness of LGBTQI Catholics, 800.877.8797    operations@dignityusa.org. The Holy Family is an icon of the domestic Church, which is called to pray together. Not with the expected pomp and circumstance, but he is here, Emmanuel, God-with-us. But we are called to persevere. From the gospel narratives, God’s eruption into their lives was disruptive. In fact, Jesus Christ has instituted two Sacraments in His Church to make society holy – the Sacrament of priesthood and the Sacrament of marriage. These two venerable elders look upon Jesus in the context of the wider work of God and the mission of all believers, and while not part of the religious establishment, they are nonetheless voices of liberation and hope. Receive our weekly liturgical reflections in your inbox! Likewise, Jesus’ response to God was firm, albeit progressing through moments of temptation to completely abandon God’s will. Today’s feast … December 26/27, 2020 . The following core values inform the University as it seeks to carry out its Mission: Family. The family we really celebrate today is the whole, holy family of humankind, bound together across the ages by the God who loves us into life — now and forever, amen. On this first Sunday after Christmas every year when families are reunited again, the Church places before us for our reflection the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The incarnation, the coming of the savior as one of us, Emmanuel, God among us, is embodied in every human heart where hope resides and love reigns. “The Godfather,” which introduced us to the Corleone family, ran through two sequels by popular demand. Revised and adopted as a DignityUSA Policy, November 12, 2020. DignityUSA's Policy on Persons Serving in Designated Spiritual or Ministerial Roles. Families did not come about by accident. Gospel Reflections Feast of the Holy Family. Jesus eagerly gathers at table with the outsider and the outcast, and extends a healing touch to the unclean, the broken, and the rejected. Being an observant family, Mary and Joseph bring their child to the Temple for the rites of purification and redemption of the first born. What qualified Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as holy? Reflect, today, upon your own family life. reflects on the readings for December 27, 2020. The concept of family and individual in the ancient middle east would have meant extended family, not the compact nuclear family. Ahead of the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Columban Fr Bob Mosher who works in El Paso, Texas, USA at the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Centre gives a poignant reflection reminding us of the significance of this feast day and the importance of the Holy Family in the growth of Jesus of Nazareth, and … That all states in life, including student, teenager, and parent, offer abundant opportunities to grow in faith, hope, and love. Breath of the Spirit is our electronic spiritual and liturgical resource for our members and potential members. Janice is a Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace. 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