The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Year C by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah

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The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Year C by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah

First Reading 1 Sam 1:20-22,24-28
Psalm 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10
Second Reading 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24
Gospel Luke 2:41-52

Theme: Family is everything


The family is the bedrock of society because it is the first level of social structure. It is in the family, in our earliest days, that we learn society’s rules. It is as family that we interact with our community with all the social structure it holds. Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph to underscore the importance of our individual families. Michael J Fox once said “family isn’t an important thing. It’s indeed everything”.

Explanation of the text

Our first reading talks about the dedication of Samuel to the Temple as the mother had vowed to do if she would conceived. Hannah had lived under a cloud of shame and because of her barrenness she had to endure abuses and taunts from her rival Peninah. God has remembered her and now She gives back to God what she requested. Her son Samuel goes under the tutelage and guidance of the Priest Eli and Samuel was to serve in the Sanctuary.

In our Gospel reading we hear of the boy Jesus who was only twelve years old found in the Temple, debating and questioning some of the learned and scholars of the Law. Both Samuel and Jesus were in the Temple. As we celebrate the Holy Family today we need to ask ourselves where we take our children to? What are some of the things we introduce them to? Samuel and Jesus were showed the Temple and they lived and taught there.

What this feast teaches us is that there’s no family without issues nay problems. Hannah was barren and had to endure a lot of sufferings and humiliation before finally she conceived. Mary and Joseph had to search for three days for their missing son before finally they found him in the Temple.

The Holy Family also shows all of us what a true and loving Christian family should be like, full of love and care for one another and each member doing their part in making their entire relationship work together. Mary loved her Son as His mother, caring for Him and providing for Him, walking with Him according to Apostolic traditions and following Him on His many ministries. And Joseph became the protector of the Holy Family. He took great care of Mary and her Son just as he was instructed by the Angel.

As a Son of the Holy Family, Jesus placed Himself under the authority and power of His parents. And this was to demonstrate that the Son of Man was just like all of us who also have to obey our own parents and seniors, to listen to them and to hear their advice. Samuel also had to listen to the Priest Eli whose charge he was placed under.

Family indeed is everything because they’re the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are, love you no matter what and would do anything to see you smile. This is what our second reading speaks about. Love is actually the cord that binds families.


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