The Holy Family – Year B

With the faithful around the world, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. Each year, this celebration occurs on the Sunday following the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas). Let us look at each person of this holy family.

Jesus Christ the Lord is the Second Person in Trinity who always follows the holy will of the heavenly Father. Saint Paul in his letter to the Philippians addresses this:

Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2: 5-11)

Our Mother Mary, who opened her heart and her whole being to the Almighty Father. She accepted the invitation from God to carry and bring forth the Son of God to us. All events of her life and the life of her family, she received them with trust in God. She fulfilled her role as a wife and a mother. She was always there with her Son, especially at his moments of suffering and at his death. She was there with the disciples of her son to give them comfort and to pray with them. Thus, the Church rightly believes that the whole being of our Mother Mary was assumed to the heavenly realm with her Son Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Joseph the righteous man who is the foster-father of Jesus the Christ. According to the Holy Bible, Joseph always brought forth the commands of God into his own life. He kept closely them to his heart. He took good care of his family. He was a good husband and a foster-father. He was a good provider and protector for his family. Therefore, he was recognized by the Church as her protector. Indeed, the Holy Family had difficulties like every human family. They had to live in this same world. But through it all, the Holy Family was a family that loved, prayed, trusted and actively surrendered themselves to the will of God.

With the Feast of the Holy Family, the Church encourages us to look to the Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph for inspiration, example and encouragement. They were a model family in which both parents worked hard, helped each other, understood and accepted each other, and took good care of their child so that he “grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.” (Lk 2:40)

Fr. Phi Nguyen

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