Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Sermon and Homily Notes
The Holy Family consists of the Child Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and Saint Joseph. Veneration of the Holy Family was formally begun in the 17th century by Blessed François de Laval, the first bishop of New France, who founded a Confraternity.
The Feast of the Holy Family is a liturgical celebration in the Roman Catholic Church in honor of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his foster father, Saint Joseph, as a family.
The Feast of the Holy Family is celebrated on the Sunday following Christmas, unless that Sunday is January 1st, in which case it is celebrated on December 30th.
The feast of the Holy Family was instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1893 on the Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany; that is to say, on the Sunday between January 7 through January 13, all inclusive (see General Roman Calendar of 1962). The calendar of the 1962 Roman Missal, whose use is still authorized, keeps the celebration on that date. It was never a holy day of obligation, unless its celebration fell on a Sunday, when therefore there is an obligation to attend Mass on that day.
In the calendar promulgated in 1969, the feast was moved to the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, between Christmas and New Year’s Day (both exclusive), or when there is no Sunday within the Octave (if both Christmas Day and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God are Sundays), it is held on 30 December, a Friday in such years. (In other words, the feast is on the same day as the Tridentine-rite Mass of the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas.) – From the wikipedia
Why Family and Holy Family
As I was searching for some insights on family life online, I have found all are saying that family is the basic unit for many things. All are living in families and whoever is living outside of family is called orphan or isolated. By nature, we are called to live in family and the family unit should be a perfect body to be learned and to be supportive. The perfect family can bring the perfect happiness to all. George Burns once said, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
God wants family.
As we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family we can concentrate on the idea of God’s wish. The plan and the wish of God is to create family where He calls everyone to live.
Look at the words of God in the book of Genesis when He created man, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18. It is God who intended to create family unit at the beginning of the creation and he commanded them to continue the good work he began.
Family is not something where we come together just to live and depart, rather family is the place where you not only learn to live but also you are nourished by giving and receiving to each other. If we analyze the origin of family, we would come to know that family is not created by you and me or by your father and mother or my father and mother, but by God Himself.
Let us thank the Lord for the beautiful creation of family and its environment where we can enjoy perfect love and happiness.
Family as father mother and Children
Husband and wife, though they are called family, its perfection comes when the family is blessed with a child. Father has his own responsibility in his family and in the same way the mother, and the children. Family is not only the place to fulfill the responsibility of each other, but also it becomes the place of supportive to each other by sharing the joy and happiness within themselves.
Just this week he had another profound moment with his own little family. He was with his 3 year old daughter. He said to her, “Come here. I’ve got a secret to tell you.” He then whispered, “I’m so happy I get to be your dad”. She then whispered back, “Dad…umm…because you’re my dad… it makes me happy… and I love you”. She then gave him a tight hug and a kiss.
Family is equal to trinitarian God and Sacred
When God created man he created him in his own image. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 2:27. In the same way God created family in the image of trinitarian God. The trinitarian God includes Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. The same structure was used by God when He created family. The family structure includes father, mother and child. That is why earthly family is resembling like the family of trinitarian God.
Family is sacred
Trinitarian God Glorifies each other
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” John 17:1
Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me”. John 8:54
3 Main pillars of Family
As I mentioned above, family is built from 3 corner’s of pillars. If one of these pillars is missing or not perfect enough, then the family will struggle to stand firm.
1. Prayer and Meditation
2. Sharing Joy and Happiness with each other
3. Sacrifices and acceptance
Future Bible References
1. Exodus 20:12
“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
2. Psalm 127:3-5
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.
3. Proverbs 1:8
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
4. Proverbs 22:6
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it
5. Ephesians 6:4
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.