THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY BY REV. FR. ATTA MENSAH 

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THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY BY REV. FR. ATTA MENSAH

First Reading: Gen 15:1-6; 21:1-3
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 127
Second Reading: Heb 11:8, 12, 17-19
Gospel Reading: Luke 2:22-40

Theme: “God has a family…”

Introduction

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live”( St Pope John Paul II, Homily Nov. 30, 1989). Indeed the family is the basic unit of society. Strong families make great nations. The disintegration of the family has been the root cause for the fall of most great cultures. Wisdom, common sense and history attest to these three above-mentioned statements, yet what seems so obvious to us seems to be lost on many society. It is in the light of this that the Mother Church gives for our reflection today on the Holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Explanation of the Text

In our first reading from the book of Genesis we hear the promise of God to Abram that his own son would be the heir and not the slave Eliezer of Damascus. Abram had been faithful to God in carrying out the commandments of God in an unquestionable fashion and God has blessed him with richest but he lacked one thing and that’s the apparent heir to these richest.

At a certain point in time Abram and Sara wanted to make this solemn promise come to fruition in their own way. They seemed to have grown impatient but God had to step in, by letting Sara conceived in her old age. Abram and Sara as a family had not everything on a silver platter. They had their struggles and challenges but they never abandoned their God. They kept trusting.

In our Gospel reading we are presented with the Holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The prophecies of Simeon and Anna about the Child Jesus made His parent marvelled. The Holy family had their fair share of challenges that come with family as an institution. They had to grapple with the mystery of raising God Himself as a man and yet in an uncomplaining manner they undertook this task.

Beloved no one writes application or go for an affidavit to belong to one family or the other. And no family is perfect. Every family has its peculiar challenges and problems that can be surmounted with perseverance, faith, endurance and humility.

The second reading from the book of Hebrews eulogizes the unshakable faith of Abraham as something worthy of emulation. Indeed all that we need to live in a family is faith; bearing in mind that there is no perfect family but perfect moments in the family that must be celebrated. Don’t neglect the family just because of the problems or the challenges. No matter what happens you will need the family one day. Remember God also has a family

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