Solemnity of the Holy Family
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Reflection by: Fr. Alberto Bueno, T.O.R.
Today we celebrate the solemn feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. This celebration always takes place during the Christmas octave. This gives an importance to this celebration which brings to mind that Jesus, in sharing our humanity, shares in all things human (except sin) including the experience of being born into a family. And so as we celebrate this Holy Family, we pray for our families and for all human families seeking the intercession of Mary and Joseph, as we pray along with them to Jesus our Lord.
As many already know Pope Francis has proclaimed a year dedicated to Saint Joseph, which began on the 8th of December. As the Pope reminds us the role of fatherhood is an essential one, and Saint Joseph took on that role in an exemplary manner. We have no recorded words spoken by Saint Joseph, but his actions speak volumes. His obedience to God’s will complements Mary’s own. Together they provided what the child Jesus needed as a human child. And Joseph, as the father of the family quietly went about his task of protecting, providing and teaching of God’s Son as his own. During this year of Saint Joseph, we pray to him for all those called to be fathers in our world, and as the Patron and Protector of the Church, we pray to him to be with us and care for us as he cared for Jesus and Mary. “Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.”
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