Feast of the Holy Family
First Reading: 1 Sam 1:20-22, 24-28 (Hannah gives birth to Samuel)
Second Reading: 1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24 (Hannah gives birth to Samuel)
Gospel: Lk 2:41-52 (Your father and I were worried)
When Jesus was 12 years old, Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem for their annual Passover.
(The word “Passover” refers to the time God spared the Israelites from the calamity that killed every firstborn in Egypt. Before God carried out this devastating plague, he told the Israelites to splash the blood of a slaughtered lamb or goat on their doorways. God would see this sign and “pass over” their homes and spare their firstborn.)
On their way back, they noticed that Jesus was not along with them. They returned back to the temple to find Jesus sitting with the doctors of the Temple and listening to them and asking questions which was quite surprising to them and their parents.
Mary says “My child, why have, you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.”
For which Jesus replies, “Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?”
A clear statement that he is the son of God.
Today as we celebrate the feast of the holy family, that one sentence from Mary clearly shows the build up of that family.
Mother Mary says …how worried your father and I have been….
The way she puts across the concern is the perfect way that every family can Follow. Indicating how united they were….
Every family is the smallest unit of our society, for a better society we need to have better families.
In the second reading today, St. Paul clearly says in detail how the relationship between spouses and parents and children should be.
Let’s work hard and make our family relations similar to the holy family. Amen.