The following core values inform the University as it seeks to carry out its Mission: Family. In fact, Jesus Christ has instituted two Sacraments in His Church to make society holy – the Sacrament of priesthood and the Sacrament of marriage. Today, expanded understandings and configurations of families have enriched its appreciation as a social institution, as LGBTQI individuals and couples clearly witness to their committed love as a foundation for authentic family living. Tag: Holy Family reflections. The family is part of God’s plan for us. The extended family not only regulated one’s role but was also the social safety net for the individual. Reflection from Jon Schum The liturgy for this Sunday, officially titled The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, began as a devotion in the 19th century, when many saw the institution of the family beleaguered and under siege. Click the button below to sign up. The rite performed by Mary and Joseph, in offering their son Jesus to God, is an … Reflection on the Gospel-Feast of the Holy Family Year B (Luke 2:22-40) -Veronica Lawson RSM. Each one possessed a unique identity, but together they experienced God’s eruption into their lives. Ahead of the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Columban Fr Bob Mosher who works in El Paso, Texas, USA at the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Centre gives a poignant reflection reminding us of the significance of this feast day and the importance of the Holy Family in the growth of Jesus of Nazareth, and … Not with the expected pomp and circumstance, but he is here, Emmanuel, God-with-us. Holy Family University welcomes and cares for students, faculty, and staff as members of a diverse but interconnected family. The excerpts from the Sunday readings are prepared by Joe Thiel. Salesian Sunday Reflection. Take some time in prayer and reflection on the life of the Holy Family. It was instituted in 1893 by Pope Leo XIII with the date of the feast to fall on the Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany (January 7–13). These two venerable elders look upon Jesus in the context of the wider work of God and the mission of all believers, and while not part of the religious establishment, they are nonetheless voices of liberation and hope. Nothing can replace your chapter or other faith community but we hope you will find further support here for integrating your spirituality with your sexuality and all the strands of your life. In chapters 3 and 4 of his Letter to the Colossians, St. Paul lays out a description of the ideal Christian life. The holiness of the Holy Family reveals to us that every family is invited to share in God’s divine life and to encounter ordinary daily life with grace and virtue. [Carol J. Dempsey is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey, and professor of biblical studies at the University of Portland, Oregon.] Today’s liturgical feast of the Holy Family honors Jesus; his mother, Mary; and his foster father, Saint Joseph; and their model as a family for all Christians. He says that on the last Sunday of the year, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. The Feast of the Holy Family reminds us that, as the basic unit of the universal Church, each family is called to holiness. As a cradle Catholic, I recall the holy family was held up as a model for emulation, even though the qualifier “holy” seemed to render it an unattainable ideal. From the gospel narratives, God’s eruption into their lives was disruptive. The incarnation, the coming of the savior as one of us, Emmanuel, God among us, is embodied in every human heart where hope resides and love reigns. An authentically Christian education cannot neglect the experience of prayer. “They obey God who bring comfort to their parents.”. December 27, 2020. What do you most want to “live” during 2021? Holy Family University educates students to assume life-long responsibilities toward God, society, and self. In fact, Jesus Christ has instituted two Sacraments in His Church to make society holy – the Sacrament of priesthood and the Sacrament of marriage. And we draw from the truth of our life experience as we challenge voices in our political culture which still conspire to deny the rights to marriage and parenthood to those in our community. Jesus eagerly gathers at table with the outsider and the outcast, and extends a healing touch to the unclean, the broken, and the rejected. As Francis reminds us, holiness is manifest “in those parents who raise their children with immense love” (Gaudete et Exsultate). Copyright © 2021 US Catholic. Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family O God, who were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family, graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joy of … It required an unqualified and absolute acceptance. DignityUSA's Policy on Persons Serving in Designated Spiritual or Ministerial Roles. Their example of holiness isn’t ethereal; it is borne of their interior freedom and radical commitment to their roles as parents even in the face of difficulties and challenges. Celebrating the wholeness and holiness of LGBTQI Catholics, 800.877.8797    operations@dignityusa.org. On today’s feast of the Holy Family, the Gospel Reading describes the Presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple. He can be pictured tenderly taking Jesus in his arms and recognizing the child as the fulfillment of his longings and proclaiming the child as “a light of revelation to the nations and the glory of Israel.” Like Simeon, the prophet Anna has spent her entire life in prayerful vigilance. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. Fr. Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family 4250 Harewood Rd. Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family, December 27. Sister Anne Arabome, S.S.S. Joseph became deeply attuned to the silence within. With the revision of the Roman calendar in 1969, the feast is now celebrated … This Sunday, we acknowledge the whole family! Opening their hearts to God interrupted and changed the course of their lives radically. Holiness is a path for each person to discover, not a portrait to be copied and imitated sheepishly: “The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts” (Gaudete et Exsultate). Pax Christ Reflection for Feast of the Holy Family. The time between Christmas and New Year is usually family time, a good time to think about what family means. Holy Family University welcomes and cares for students, faculty, and staff as members of a diverse but interconnected family. REFLECTIONS: Holy Family Sunday 2020: Shared Love. There was from all eternity a divine Holy Family of the three Persons. They are edited by Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Anne Marie Lom and Joe Thiel. Family life teaches us at a very early age how dependent we are on God and one another. Being an observant family, Mary and Joseph bring their child to the Temple for the rites of purification and redemption of the first born. Raymond Montero Ambray. Weekly Reflections. The Holy Family is an icon of the domestic Church, which is called to pray together. Gospel Reflections Feast of the Holy Family. Mary became a contemplative at heart. Janice is a Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace. It was believed the Holy Family could serve as a model and example for families and eventually this feast was incorporated into the Christmas cycle of the liturgical calendar. On this first Sunday after Christmas, we are celebrating the Holy Family of Nazareth, and the Gospel invites us to reflect on the experience lived by Mary, Joseph and Jesus, as they grow together as a family in mutual love and in trust in God. The whole world seems to love a good family story and the entertainment industry knows it. The Book of Sirach, in the Wisdom tradition, was written about 180 BCE in Jerusalem and was a kind of handbook for ethical responsibility and righteous living. Get Breath of the Spirit scripture reflections in your inbox every week. It reminds us that, as Vatican II teaches, all human beings are called to the heights of holiness. We seek and find the familial in circles of friends and faith communities. In fact, in raising Jesus they learned what it meant to be a family—not a perfect or holy family, but a family of mutual love, care, and sacrifice. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! NE Washington, DC 20017 Office: 202-526-3737 FAX: 202-526-1327 ucnsholyfamily@gmail.com (After hours in case of emergency: 202-262-5040) Joseph embraced God’s will as “the father in the shadows”—as Francis describes him in Patris Corde—who exemplifies the love, courage, creativity, tenderness, acceptance, and hard work of a beloved father for his family. Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14; Col 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40. She recognizes the child as the one who has been promised and thenceforth speaks of the child to all who listen. Ask the Holy Family for the strength and courage you need to live the qualities of family and community life as encouraged by St. Paul. These qualities, which are relational in their focus, have universal application to social groupings, including families, which St. Paul specifically addresses in vv.18-21. “The Godfather,” which introduced us to the Corleone family, ran through two sequels by popular demand. Mary and Joseph gradually embraced their understanding of their roles as parents. All Rights Reserved |, A reflection for the third Sunday of Ordinary Time. On the Feast of the Holy Family, we offer a Franciscan Gospel reflection and questions written by Fr. The Feast of the Holy Family reminds us that, as the basic unit of the universal Church, each family is called to holiness. Homily for the Sunday in the Octave of Christmas - The Holy Family. That all states in life, including student, teenager, and parent, offer abundant opportunities to grow in faith, hope, and love. https://uscatholic.org/articles/202012/a-reflection-for-the-feast-of-the-holy-family The reflection below was written by Janice and Gerry Vanderhaar for our Advent-Christmas 1996 reflection booklet, The Word Becomes Human so that We Might Become Fully Alive: Advent and Christmas Season 1996. What does "the holy family" look like in this 21st century? To read or download […] The reign of God is always bigger than any one idea, dogma, law, or institution. reflects on the readings for December 27, 2020. And Jesus incarnated the presence of the compassionate God-with-us. The Church too is a family, albeit a dispersed one. Those moments revealed the conviction of Mary and Joseph that theirs was a journey of faith, hope, and love. We see how Mary and Joseph give their Son back to God, and to other people as well, and we pray today for the courage to give the gift of Christ to others. Likewise, Jesus’ response to God was firm, albeit progressing through moments of temptation to completely abandon God’s will. We are here to offer all the members of our own families on the altar for God’s blessing. Yet the infancy stories of the gospels leave us with scarce details about the family of Jesus. This Sunday, we remember and celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. December 27, 2020 7:35 pm. By trusting in God’s promise, she became, in the words of Pope Francis, the forebear of “all those unknown or forgotten women who, each in her own way, sustained and transformed families and communities by the power of their witness” (Gaudete et Exsultate). Today’s feast … Receive our weekly liturgical reflections in your inbox! Families can be the source of both greatest joy and deepest pain. Reflection - Feast of the Holy Family - 27 December 2020 After our celebration of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, our Christmas season continues for three consecutive Sundays with the feast of the Holy Family, the celebration of … Today is the feast of the Holy Family. Tommy Lane The Holy Family of Nazareth, Jesus, Mary and Joseph are put before us by the Church this weekend as a model for our families. We tend to forget that the First Family of the Christian Church had their trials too, as St. Francis de Sales notes: We are often upset because things do not turn out the way we want them to. -. The readings today give us a model for family life that is increasingly being ridiculed in modern society. We try to connect with and enjoy the company of those with whom we have family ties, especially those who are alone or struggling in some way. There were moments of anxiety, like when they lost Jesus among the crowd; there were times of perceived rejection, when Jesus seemingly relativized their role in his mission, and even outright rebellion: “Didn’t you know that I have to be about my father’s business?” Eventually, Mary would witness the horrific murder of her son. December 27, 2014 December 21, 2014 paxchristiusa Advent 2014, Bread for the Journey, Christmas 2014, Scripture. Simeon is akin to the prophets of old and we are reminded three times he is guided by the Holy Spirit. Like Elizabeth and Zachary, Mary and Joseph, and the shepherds in the fields, with neither status nor privilege, they are recipients of God’s great revelation. Revised and adopted as a DignityUSA Policy, November 12, 2020. Breath of the Spirit is our electronic spiritual and liturgical resource for our members and potential members. Dec 26th, 2020; Icon by Kelly Latimore, 'La Presentacion de Cristo en el Templo' Sister Katrina Alton CSJP writes: The season of Advent has ended and the long awaited One has arrived. “O God, who were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family, graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joy of your house, delight one day in eternal rewards It was once called Ecclesiasticus (Book of the Church), likely used as a catechetical aid in the early church. Holy Family University educates students to assume life-long responsibilities toward God, society, and self. Many parents value the extra … But we are called to persevere. Jon Schum is a long time member of Dignity Boston, has served the chapter in numerous capacities, and is one of it's ordained presiders. By. Some families are strong in virtue, some struggle with basic communication. FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY REFLECTION HOMILY: WHY DID JESUS COME INTO THE WORLD IN A FAMILY? Like many parents, they remained committed to their parenting vocation, celebrating its joys and hopes, embracing its pain and anxiety. Jesus’ ministry is witness to this. Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5.Colossians 3:12-21 Luke 2:22-40. Feast of the Holy Family Reflections Celebrated each year on the Sunday after Christmas, the Feast of the Holy Family is a perfect time to reflect upon this holy model of love and unity. He offers this formula for virtuous living: “clothe yourselves with heartfelt compassion, with kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…Above all else, put on love…” Paul may have been speaking metaphorically, referring to the baptismal garment, i.e., shedding the old garment and putting on the new self, in Christ Jesus. This committed love is increasingly supported and valued by the families and allies of the LGBTQI community, and by many in the larger family of God, as seen in the open and affirming policies of many churches and religious organizations. They didn’t have all the answers. This is a season of very mixed feelings around the experience of family. ​DignityUSA * PO Box 376 * Medford, MA 02155 * tel: 800.877.8797 * 202.861.0017 * fax: 617.716.6507, Breath of the Spirit Reflection: The Feast of the Holy Family, Breath of the Spirit Reflection: Answering the Call. A Child shall lead them… This quote from the Old Testament book of Isaiah (11:6) has the answer you can use today. More and more I have been thinking about the effect society has on our families, on how they live, and are defined. Families did not come about by accident. 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