The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Posted by prepareformass on December 28, 2008
Prepare for Mass – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – YEAR B – 12/28/2008
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The doorway to which God’s covenants are received is through the family. God blessed families beginning with the first family Adam and Eve. He offered the promise to Abram that his descendants will be as the stars in the sky, and then blessed his wife Sarah with a child after she had been barren so many years. Then there was the Holy Family of Nazareth who were blessed to raise Jesus.
Joseph and Mary took Jesus to the temple as was their custom to offer either two turtle doves or two young pigeons. Simeon, who was waiting to die greeted them at the temple, bore witness to the child, blessed him and said “let your servant go in peace”. Simeon also accurate in predicting when speaking to Mary that “this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted —and you yourself a sword will pierce— so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Anna was also there to witness this spending her time in fasting and giving thanks to God.
The family has an important role as the basic cell in society. Catholic men and women who are called into the Sacrament of Marriage have the duty to welcome children into the family and to have these children baptised.
Catechism 405 – Although it is proper to each individual, original sin does not have the character of a personal fault in any of Adam’s descendants. It is a deprivation of original holiness and justice, but human nature has not been totally corrupted: it is wounded in the natural powers proper to it; subject to ignorance, suffering, and the dominion of death; and inclined to sin—an inclination to evil that is called “concupiscence.” Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back toward God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.
The spiritual battle is fought together starting in the family that God has called you into and stretching outward to the rest of the world.
St Paul in Col 3:12-17 says to:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Jesus Mary and Joseph are the Holy Family. We are asked to live our lives like the holy family. Mother Teresa comments on how to live life as the holy family with a clean heart.
Michael Card – Song Of Simeon & Psalm 41:1-13
Father Ted Tyler