(White) Cycle C, Year I (December 27, 2015)
Sir 3:2-6, 12-14/Col 3:12-21/Lk 2:41-52

A Jewish boy becomes an adult or a man at the age of twelve. Then he becomes a son of the law and has to take the obligations of the law upon himself. For this reason, when Jesus became twelve years old, His parents brought Him to the temple of Jerusalem for the feast of Passover to perform their obligations. It was during the observance of this religious obligation that Jesus was lost in the temple. After a couple of days, His parents found Him in the temple, listening to the teachers and asking them questions.

Joseph and Mary were observant to their religious obligations and they taught Jesus to observe His obligations by bringing Him for the first time to the temple of Jerusalem for the observation of the feast of Passover. It was to His parents that Jesus learned how to observe His religious obligations. It was also through this first encounter of Jesus with the feast of Passover in the temple of Jerusalem that He found out His real identity as the real Son of God the Father by nature. Consequently, Jesus said to His parents: “Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house? (Lk 2:49b)”

This Sunday, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. The Holy Family is composed of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. Mary is the chosen holy virgin to be the mother of the Son of God who is Jesus. Joseph is the just man chosen to be the foster father of Jesus and the husband of Mary. Together, they form a family and because of their strong faith and love for God, and because they were chosen by God for such special mission and most especially because Jesus is with them as their Son, this family is considered to be the Holy Family.

Being the Holy Family, Christian families take them as their model. They have to imitate the Holy Family by doing what Jesus, Mary and Joseph did as a family. All of them were obedient to the will and plan of God for them so much so that they sacrificed their personal plans for this. We too must sacrifice our personal plans and strive hard to fulfill the plans and will of God for us. We have to remember that we are here on earth put by God according to His own plan in order to do His will and not our will. We were created by God in His own image and likeness for Him alone so much so that our happiness and the realization of our being lie in our communion with God.

The center of the Holy Family was Jesus, the God-made-man. In fact, it was because of Jesus, the God incarnated, that the Holy Family was formed. It was also because the Holy Family was centered on Jesus that this Family became holy. Our families too must be centered on Jesus. If Jesus is its center, our family then is God-centered. Only if God is at the center of our families through Jesus, that there will be love, forgiveness and understanding within the family members. With God within our families, there is nothing impossible; we will be able to fulfill our obligations with ease and happiness.

As we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family, let us commit ourselves to making our families holy by imitating the Holy Family, fulfilling the will and plan of God for us and making Jesus always at the center of our families.