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FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Feast of the Holy Family

Readings:

Luke 2: 22-40

Sirach 3: 2-6, l2-l4

Colossian 3: l2-2l

In today's Gospel, the faithful Joseph and Mary bring their son to the temple for his presentation to the Lord, a ritual required by the Law. The Book of Exodus taught that a family's first-born son "belonged" to the Lord who saved them when the first-born sons of the Egyptians were destroyed at the first Passover (Exodus l3: l5).

The holy man Simeon and the prophetess Anna are idealized portraits of the faithful "remnant" of Isreal awaiting the Messiah's coming. Simeon's canticle praises God for the universal salvation that will be realized in Jesus; in his prophecy, the shadow of the cross falls upon the Holy Family.

Anna, as an elderly widow, is considered among the most vulnerable and poor of society. Her encounter with the child typifies the theme woven throughout Luke's Gospel: the exaltation of society's poorest and most humble by God.

The Book of Sirach is a collection of carefully-crafted maxims and commentaries based on the Law. The author ("Jesus, son of Eleazar, son of Sirach" - 50: 27), a wise and experienced observer of life, writes on a variety of topics in order to help his contemporaries understand the role of faith in everyday life.

Today's first reading is a beautiful reflection on the fourth commandment. To honor one's parents, Ben Sira writes, is to honor the Lord God himself.

Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians at the urging of Epaphras, the leader of the church there. The young church was being torn apart by adherents of Gnosticism ("knowledge"), a philosophy that stressed the superiority of knowledge over faith. Paul writes that such Gnostic teachings are but "shadows"; Christ is "reality," the "image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation" in whom we are redeemed. In today's second reading from Colossians, Paul presents a picture of real community, formed in the perfect, unconditional love of Christ.

THEMES

The family: 'the little church.'

Today's feast is a celebration of family - that unique nucleus of society that gives us life, nurture and support throughout our journey on earth. Families are the first and best places for the love of God to come alive.

Within our families we experience the heights of joy and the depths of pain. The Fathers of Vatican II called the family "the first and vital cell of humanity.the domestic sanctuary of the Church." Families reflect the love of Christ: love that is totally selfless, limitless and unconditional, both in good times and (especially) in bad times. Today's Feast of the Holy Family calls us to re-discover and celebrate our own families as harbors of forgiveness and understanding and safe places of unconditional love, welcome and acceptance.

A model of holiness for all families

In Matthew and Luke's stories of Jesus' birth and childhood, life for the family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus is difficult and cruel: they are forced from their home; they are innocent victims of the political and social tensions of their time; they endure the suspicions of their own people when Mary's pregnancy is discovered; their child is born under the most difficult and terrifying of circumstances; Joseph and Mary endure the agony of losing their beloved child. And yet, through it all, their love and faithfulness to one another do not waver. The Holy Family is a model for our families as we confront the many tensions and crises that threatens the stability, peace and unity that are the joys of being a family.