Commentary for Sunday: 26th December

Luke 2, 41-52:

Sunday, 26th December 2021 (The Holy Family | 1st CT   C)

 

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. It is a time to reflect, in the light of the Word of God, on what our family is like and how we live it if we are people of faith. The first readings point out to us the values that we should live in order to make the Lord’s will a reality in us.

And the Gospel gives us the example of the family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. This family was not created without difficulties. He, Joseph, with little financial means, and she, Mary, pregnant by someone other than her husband. But they are courageous and trust in what the angel has told them. Mary knows that Joseph loves her and accepts her son. Despite the many difficulties of the first moments, they think beyond themselves, they accept what God asks of them.

The Gospel tells us that when the child was twelve years old, they went on pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem, as was the custom, and that Jesus “voluntarily got lost”, with a corresponding fright for his parents, who were anxiously looking for him. Children’s things. Despite the difficulties, they do not lose confidence in the word they have been given, and so they are able to overcome them. They keep their faith.

Many families in these times are going through difficulties of many kinds. Lack of dialogue, mistrust, lack of ability to make sacrifices, closed attitudes towards each other are the cause of family failures. Mutual respect is necessary, a return to the enthusiasm of the first moments, and for love to be the basis and support for everything that comes along. Let the children be the illusion of the parents, and the parents the pride of their children.

I would like these words to be a breath of hope and optimism, of determination and commitment, for all the families who are immersed in doubt and see the future as too dark.

Congratulations to all of you who are part of a family where all members are loved!

Happy New Year 2022!

 

Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf

 

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