HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF HOLY FAMILY
THEME: Building A Holy Family.
BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa.
What is family? An anonymous writer says, family is “A little empire where order should be maintained and submission rendered.” Today, we celebrate the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus and reflect on the sanctity of the family and the challenges of building a holy family. Broadly speaking, a family is a group of people who are related to each other.
The Church defines family as “A divinely instituted community of persons made of husband, wife, children and relatives open to life in love.” Modern families can imitate the love of Joseph, Mary and Jesus by “Loving one another” (1 John 3:23).
All families desire to be peaceful, prayerful, loving and happy. However, in modern society there are common family challenges that mitigate the flow of happiness and peace. Some of these challenges include financial crisis; the problem of leadership in the family; contention over upbringing of children; respect for one another and forgiveness.
As we celebrate the Holy Family today, let us strive to build God-centred families where God takes precedence and where peace, love and happiness reign. We remember two famous slogans of Fr. Patrick Peyton, “A family that prays together stays together” and “A world at prayer is a world at peace.” What kind of family are you building?
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