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The Holy Family

By Fr. Anand Reddy

“They went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth” (Mt 2: 23)

Each of us has a desire in his/her heart to become a family, because only within the family can our greatest needs be expressed - a dialogue not only with words but with our feelings, our affection, our gaze, in a reciprocal gift of self and in concrete gestures of love. Even God sought a family for His only begotten Son. God wanted Jesus to grow under the care of a family. Christ chose to be born and to grow up in the bosom of the Holy Family of Joseph and Mary. This Holy Family reveals the prominence of ‘family’ in the sight of God. This holy family reminds us how God’s plan was received, executed and bore fruit in the life of Joseph and Mary.

God has given the Holy Family to our world to serve as an example to the virtues of faith, hope and charity. Mary and Joseph had faith in each other and their faith was so strong because it was faith in God which enabled them to believe in each other. Their family life started with a storm - Mary was found pregnant before marriage. Even after the marriage and the birth of Jesus, storms continued to hit their family life. But no storm was strong enough to destroy their family life, since they had profound faith in God. They perfectly built their family upon the word of God; no storm could take away their faith.  Obedience to the will of God was a strong foundation to their family life. Joseph and Mary were obedient to the message brought by the angel of God. Jesus, the son of God became the obedient son of a foster father and a mother, who together accepted Him and walked in God’s mysterious ways like the faith-filled family extolled in Psalm 128 “ O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in His ways”. By being obedient to His parents, Jesus grew in wisdom and age (Lk 2:52) The holy family flows from a Trinitarian reality, which is perfect example of sharing love - the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. A true sharing of love is seen between Mary, Joseph and Jesus. As in matters of sharing, spouses have to give their lives to each other, sacrificing the many small and big acts of self-interest for the sake of the spouse and children. No member of the family should become a hindrance to the other in carrying out God’s plan and attaining salvation.  In the Holy Family, each one sacrificed their time, energy and life for the other to carry out the task entrusted to them by God.

Church has highlighted the role of family in human development. The Second Vatican council gives a expression to the family as “Ecclesia Domestica”. It is in the family that parents, by word and example, become the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children. Family is a place of learning which enables children to grow to the full measure of their humanity. Thus the home is the first school of Christian life and a school for enrichment (GS 52§ 1). In fact, family is the privileged setting where every person learns to give and receive love. In the family one IS supposed to learn endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous and even repeated forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one’s life. Unfortunately today, the world witnesses broken families. In many families we see agitation, confusion, fear, rebellion and lack of trust in each other.

As we remember the Holy Family, let us pray so that every Christian family becomes the centre and heart of realisation. Let us remember how the words of the psalm 128:3 fulfilled in the life of Joseph and Mary who is like a fruitful vine within his home. Let us pray for blessings on families, that the love, the unity, the self-donation and the tenderness of the Holy Family will overflow to all families and make them truly happy. Let us pray for families that struggle because of addiction, mental illness, chronic sickness, or on-going trials of any kind - that they will be fortified and blessed and blessed with God’s special love, favour, and peace. Amen.

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