We will be taking a break from posting between now and Epiphany to celebrate Christmas with friends and family. We leave you with a reflection on the Holy Family.
Besides the Solemnity of Christmas, perhaps no other feast we celebrate emphasizes the significance of the family more than the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph on December 30. God chose to become one of us through the same means we all come to be: born to a mother and a father. “Jesus was born and lived in a concrete family, accepting all its characteristic features and he conferred the highest dignity on the institution of marriage, making it a sacrament of the new covenant (cf. Mt 19: 3-9). It is in this new perspective that the couple finds the fullness of its dignity and the family in its solid foundation.” (CSDC, 210)
In choosing to do this, God gave us an intimate portrayal of the central role that the family plays in our human ecology. Simply, the Holy Family models for us the way a holy family should live. Pope Paul VI said during a Holy Land visit: “May Nazareth remind us what the family is, what the communion of love is, its stark and simple beauty, its sacred and inviolable character; may it help us to see how sweet and irreplaceable education in the family is; may it teach us its natural function in the social order. May we finally learn the lesson of work.” (Paul VI, Address at Nazareth – Jan. 5, 1964: AAS 56 (1964), 168)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Your fellow ‘Catholics in the Pew’