The Holy Family

Christmas having passed, we’re already celebrating the feast of the holy family, on this Sunday, the octave of Christmas. At the feast of the nativity of Our Lord, which we call Christmas, the reason being that it is the Mass of Christ or the presence of Christ among us. We celebrate in that feast the incarnation, that is God who became man and dwelt among us.

God could have chosen many ways in which to redeem us. We must believe that, however, He chose the best possible way. He chose a way that would demonstrate to us, prove to us, show to us the depth of His love. And so His Son whom He love, whom He loves, whom He will always love, assumed in the womb of the virgin, human nature. Without mixing His divine nature and His human nature, the two remaining distinct and separate, yet united in one person. This person who for all eternity is the Son of God, became the son of Mary, or as the Gospels will call Him the Son of man, as He Himself would refer to Himself. He came into a family, again He could have chosen many different ways to appear among us. We must believe that He chose the most appropriate way. An so He chose as His mother a woman espoused to a man, Joseph. They were both committed to a life of virginity, in the case of the virgin we know this from scripture itself, in the case of St. Joseph we know from holy tradition. But what we know as a fact, that Christ was conceived without a human father. An so born as an infant, He is worshipped by angels, a multitude of angels, He is worshipped by shepherds, He is worshipped by wise men, which we will commemorates on the feast of the epiphany.

He has to live for a brief time in Egypt, because King Herod intends to kill Him. His parents return to Israel, to Judea. They do not go to live in Bethlehem, because Herod’s son reigns there and they are afraid. So they go and they live in Nazareth and we know very little about those 12 years…

By Fr Linus Clovis

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