Feast of the Holy Family
Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men. Luke ii:51-52
All that the Gospels tell us of Christ’s hidden life at Nazareth with Mary and Joseph is that “He was subject to them”, and that He “advanced in wisdom and age and grace before God and men.” Having stooped so far as to take a nature like to ours, sin excepted, He wished also to be “obedient unto death.” Jesus could say of His Mother and Foster Father what He said of His Heavenly Father, I do always the things that please them. Out of a life of thirty-three years, Jesus, Who is Eternal Wisdom, chose to pass thirty years in silence and obscurity, obedience and labor. Truly, He is a hidden God!
The Holy Family is a model for all Christian families. In the family life of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are exemplified the proper relations that should exist between husband and wife, parents and children. There was filial devotion to God in that family circle of the three holiest Persons Who ever lived. While Joseph supported the Holy Family by his labor, Mary managed the household, and Jesus assisted both of them. They were united in their daily tasks, and sanctified them by prayer and meditation. By practicing the domestic virtues of charity, obedience, and mutual help, they sanctified family life. We should often implore them to sanctify our own families by their example and intercession.
Lord, I do offer myself to Thee this day and in doing so I offer Thee, my family. I offer every relationship, be it good or difficult, and I offer every challenge we face. Please come and sanctify my family, making it holy in imitation of Thy Family in Nazareth. Jesus, I trust in Thee.