The Holy Family
Feast of the Holy Family
Mary and Joseph begin their journey as parents by bringing their newborn son, Jesus, to the temple to present him to the Lord. They did this to offer thanks to God and incorporate him into the life and traditions of their faith. It was a wonderful moment for them. They were doing as they were taught by following a ritual required by the Law of Faith.
Within this family from Nazareth, Simeon recognizes the consolation and salvation he has waited for his entire life. “Now master, you may let your servant go in peace.” Through the gift of the Holy Spirit may we recognize Jesus Christ present in each of our lives. May we follow Him and serve Him by doing what St. Paul urges the community to do, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”
As parts of the Body of Christ, we are members of the Holy Family. St. Paul in his letter to the Colossians tells us how to live amidst the bonds of family. He encourages us to live the love of Christ by putting on “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” By living in this way, we truly give thanks God through the lives we lead.
As we near the New Year, how will you let the words of Gospel guide your life in 2021 and truly give thanks to God?
Thank you to everyone who assisted with our parish Christmas celebrations. Your efforts truly helped us give praise and thanks to God for the gift of His only begotten Son.
I hope you will join us to celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on January 1st.
Have a blessed week and a fruitful New Year! Fr. Len