I hope everyone enjoyed this past week as we celebrated Christmas. I am sure many of you were together with your families, exchanged presents and enjoyed special time together. I know after the masses Christmas Day I went to see my family. We exchanged presents and I enjoyed the time with them.
Today we celebrate the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. When we think of them, about what they've done and who they are to us, it's difficult to think of them as any ordinary family. Yet the Holy Family presented to us in today's Gospel is a truly human family. What they experienced when they lived here on earth is very similar to what so many of us experience in our own lives.
When Mary gave birth to Jesus, a family was formed. Now Joseph already had to make a difficult decision when he learned that Mary was expecting a baby. Then he and Mary were forced to travel to a strange town where Mary would give birth. Because they couldn't find a room, Mary was forced to give birth in a stable, which is where she gave birth to Jesus and laid him in a manger.
Today, in our families, we fulfill God's plan as we go about our regular way of life. Throughout all the changes that have come about in modern living, the family has remained important. It is through regular family life that we can grow in holiness and in knowledge of God's Will. It is by facing Life's happiness and difficulties together as a family that we grow in understanding and in love.
Sincerely in Christ,