HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, JOSEPH AND MARY.
THEME: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph help us to to remain faithful as Christian families, all dedicated and centred on God.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA.
HOMILY FOR DECEMBER 30TH.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
_Note: When a Feast of the Lord falls on a weekday, there is no reading after the Psalm and before the Gospel._
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we commemorate the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We celebrate in a special way, this most wonderful Family, which God had brought and assembled together to be the perfect role model for all of us in how we ourselves should live up our own Christian families to the best of our abilities.
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today we heard that each members of the family ought to do their part and obligations, so that the whole family might exist and work harmoniously. The children ought to be caring for their parents and also be obedient to them.The parents have also their own responsibilities and duties, as parents of the children, and as well as husband and wife to each other.
Every members of the family must also be caring and loving to each other so that the whole family will be united and live in harmony.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In our Gospel passage today, we heard one account from the early life of the Lord Jesus as the King of Judea then, Herod the Great, attempted to kill the Lord to remove Him as a threat to his rule. And we heard how God warned the Holy Family through an Angel who told St. Joseph in a dream to bring both Mary and the Child Jesus away from the land, and escape to the land of Egypt. St. Joseph carried out this mission and instruction most obediently, and cared for both Mary, his wife and his legal child, Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Saviour of the world, during the duration of their stay in Egypt, and then beyond after they have returned from Egypt and back to their hometown in Nazareth.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, these days there are many threats facing our families, not least because there are many forces trying to shatter the unity of our families apart. Many families had been broken because each and every one of their members had forgotten what families truly mean and what each one of them should base their families on, and most important of that is love. Love is something often lacking in our families today, just because it is the same thing lacking in our marriages these days. People do not marry because they truly love each other, but because of other reasons and for convenience, and hence, when things fall apart, the whole marriage and family naturally fall apart as well. That is what will happen to many of our Christian families as well, if we do not have the strong foundation of love.
May the Lord continue to bless and guide us in our lives within our families, that we may remain harmonious and united despite the challenges we may be facing.
May the almighty God be with us all, now and always. Amen.
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