Homily of the 31st December 2017, Holy Family Sunday
In most countries, Christmas is a Family Festival. Most families have re-united once again. It is within this context of Family union at Christmas that we reflect on The Holy Family of Nazareth, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Why do we call it “The Holy Family”? Obviously it is the most holy of families. Every member of this Family is Holy! It is the family of Jesus Son of God, whose mother, Mary was immaculately conceived through the Holy Spirit and was sinless all her life. It is equally the Family of Joseph who was Mary’s chaste spouse. It is the model of all Families.
In our modern world there are many attempts to destroy the family and if this takes place, then the society will obviously crumble. This can be corrected if we form HOLY FAMILIES. Being a holy family entails setting apart the family for the LORD. So for our families to be holy we have to choose that which is often contrary to the choices made by other families. We must keep immoral material, shows, etc out of our houses because we ask God to dwell there. We have to be very careful of where children are visiting or staying overnight because other families might allow immorality into their homes, or, simply, not supervise their own children. Being a holy family demands that our homes be places of prayer.
The Word of God must be central in our Homes. We can keep our Families Holy through the family rosary, family prayer at bedtime and we must make it a point to have family prayer before meals. This is very important because the family is the basic unit of society and the Church. It is in the family that we first learn to communicate, and that we learn what is good and bad. It is in the family that we learn what love is because it is in the family that we first receive love. It is in the family that we first learn to forgive and to pray. If they family is holy, then the Church is naturally HOLY. The future of humanity depends on the family because it is through a family that we all come.
Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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