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Sunday, December 27, 2015

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Holy Family

1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28
1 John 3:1-2, 21-24
Psalm 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10
Luke 2:41-52

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"His parents used to go every year to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover, and when He was twelve they went up for the celebration as was their custom." —Luke 2:41-42

Many families have photographs of special occasions. Let's open the photo album of the Holy Family. Here's a photo of Jesus placed in a manger after being born in a stable (Lk 2:7). In addition to showing God's love and the Holy Family's poverty, this photo indicates that the Holy Family was rejected, as Mary and Joseph were forced to have their baby in a stable. Families today are also rejected by our culture of death. Moreover, family members even reject one another. When we see Jesus in the manger, let's think not only of rejection, but also let us accept the grace to forgive those who have sinned against us and rejected us.

On the next page of the photo album, we see a photo of the Holy Family's flight to Egypt (Mt 2:13ff). Like the Holy Family, families are an endangered species. Many families don't survive. Only by hearing the Lord and by obeying Him exactly will families be saved and new Herods defeated.

Next we see a photo of the "finding" of Jesus in the Temple (see Lk 2:46). Families and family members lose Jesus or, more accurately, are lost themselves. They live separated from their Savior, Love, and only Hope. When families seek the Lord, especially through spouses and families praying together, they will find Jesus.

Holy families, forgive rejection, obey humbly, and pray together.

Prayer:  Jesus, teach our families to pray together daily.

Promise:  "See what love the Father has bestowed on us in letting us be called children of God!" —1 Jn 3:1

Praise:  Praise Jesus, holy and risen Lord! Praise You, Father, for sending Your Son to earth in the care of Mary and Joseph! Alleluia!

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 26, 2015

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