A Meditation on the Holy Family

First Reading: Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14
Psalm: Psalm 128:1-5
Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17
Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40

As much as Joseph and Mary are the parents of Jesus, the Son of God,
they were also ordinary people who followed traditional customs and
complied with the laws of their nation. They were perhaps surprised
by the attention given by Simeon and Anna to Jesus and they were
most probably very anxious about the importance of their son in the

Nevertheless, they raised Jesus as any normal parents would raise
their son. They taught him and disciplined him. Jesus probably had
to do daily chores and learn basic education like any other boy and
girl living in Nazareth. Joseph probably had to work hard for a
living and Mary did her share of the housework.

Perhaps it is this ordinary life Joseph, Mary, and Jesus led that
make them a role model for any modern Christian family. Even though
they led a typical family life, they also led a life surrounded by
love, responsibility and caring for each other.

We have perhaps read and heard of the difficulties and challenges of
the family in the 21st century. Maybe we have experienced these
difficulties ourselves. Perhaps we worry how our children will grow
up or how we can continue providing for their basic needs and
education. But if we remember Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and their
commitment to each other despite all their difficulties, we can draw
from this and realize that our families too can weather and hurdle
any challenge or obstacle. It takes responsibility, commitment, and
most of all – love.

“Lord, may I never cease to hope in you and to trust in your
promises. Inflame my zeal for your kingdom and increase my love for
prayer, that I may never cease to give you praise and worship”.