Homily on the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. (1Jn 3:1
On this 2nd day in the Octave of Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Another way to put it, we further unfold: “The Word made flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). The family is a fundamental block of our human society, and thus the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, when He incarnated, lived in the very basis of our humanity and thus transformed every family. On this day, let us reflect on the importance of this Feast with the saying of St. John in the Second Reading: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God” (1Jn 3:1). What, or more appropriate, Who did the Father give to us so that we are called children of God, or we can be a family of all of God’s children? The answer is JESUS.
The Christmas tree in every Church during this season helps us reflect upon Who the Father gave to us so that we can be a family of God’s children. First of all, we recall the tree in the garden of Genesis 2: 4- 3:7 and sins separate us from God and thus one another. This separation poses a great challenge for families. Through Christ, the Tree of Life (Jn 8:28), we are united as God’s children as family. For Christ to become the Tree of Life, “the Word made flesh,” Jesus was incarnated and born of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Only uniting our human nature to Himself could the Lord suffer on the Cross and thus became the Tree of Life. Then, on every Christmas tree, we see the ornaments. These represent the fruits of the Tree of Life: these fruits are connected to the branches and that represents us! God sent His Word into our world so that we can be the family of all of God’s children: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God” (1Jn 3:1).
Celebrating the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph today, we ask all the members to intercede at the throne of God for our individual families in order that what the Church called an individual family, a “domestic church,” becomes a reality in every home. That means what is holy in the entire Church should also be found in our individual family. We also ask the Holy Family to watch our parish so that all members of this parochial church are always conscious of the mission that the Lord entrusted to us and serving the Lord in others with all our minds and hearts. We also ask the Holy Family to bless our universal Church, the entire Body of Christ, so that all baptized will soon be united in one proclamation: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD! Finally, we also pray that the family of humankind through the intercession of the Holy Family will experience peace in the New Year, 2022.