Gn 15:1-6,21:1-3 / Psa 105
Give praise to the LORD, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing … praise to Him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
How can we show Him our gratitude?
God has given all without measure.
Just praise Him and thank Him as we should,
And His gift of family, treasure.
And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, (Joseph and Mary) brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned ito Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon Him. (Luke 2:22,39-40)
The liturgical year would not be complete if our Church failed to include in its liturgical calendar the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Family. The family, after all, is the most basic cell of society, and the most vital source of joy and inspiration to every man, woman and child. It is therefore important for every Christian to look up to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph as the model for our family if we are to live according to the will of God.
Joseph and Mary were just a poor couple from the small town of Nazareth, but they did not let their poverty hinder them from performing all the rites as prescribed by the law of Moses, including traveling a great distance to Jerusalem to present the child Jesus in the temple, and having Him circumcised.
As this disaster-riddled year draws to a close, let us thank God for keeping our family safe from all harm, whether from natural disasters or man-made ones, and for keeping our children and our spouse healthy in body, mind and spirit. Like Mary and Joseph, let us teach our children to be prayerful, and to immerse themselves in Holy Scriptures as Jesus did. Let us make a New Year’s resolution to lead them by good examples, such as living a life of simplicity rather than extravagance, by practicing good works and acts of charity towards the needy, by treating everyone with respect, regardless of their status in life, and by being law-abiding citizens of our country and of our Church as well. Like St. Joseph, let us teach our children the value of hard work, however humble our calling in life may be. Like him, let us be faithful, loving and gentle to our wife, so that our children may grow up to be loving, respectful and kind as our Lord Jesus was. May we always honor God through our family, so that He may preserve it with love and sanctity.
We thank You, Father God, for keeping our family safe from all evil and harm, and for providing us all the things that we need to live healthy normal lives. In gratitude for all the blessings of family we offer our lives to serve You in our renewal community, especially in helping preserve the sanctity of marriage and the Filipino family. Amen.