PARISH PRIEST’S REFLECTION
FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY & JOSEPH YEAR C:
1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28 | 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24 | Luke 2:41-52
THEME: JESUS STAYED BEHIND IN JERUSALEM FOR 3 DAYS AND HE WAS IN HIS FATHER’S HOUSE
The Sunday, which occurs in the 8 days after Christmas is dedicated to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. And this year it is this Sunday of the 30th December, 2018.
It is very indicative that after the birth of the child Jesus, the Church celebrates the Family. A Family is a very basic and important institution of human society. It is in the Family that we are formed or unfortunately sometimes deformed.
What and how elders do in the Family greatly influence the growth of the children and formation of their personalities. In the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we have a great model of a family that collaborates.
Our Gospel today, clearly states that Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. They were together in prayers that they even travelled distances to go for a major feast like the Passover in Jerusalem. The Passover was celebrated to commemorate the Liberation from the Slavery in Egypt.
This Feast is very pivotal in the life of Jesus Christ, because it was at this Feast that Jesus initiated the Passover of Liberation from slavery to sin later at the end of His mission. It is intriguing that at twelve years, when Jesus went with His parents to Jerusalem and was there for about 3 days; because it was after 3 days that they found Him in the temple, even on a social level, Mary and Joseph collaborated to find out where Jesus was lost. It is interesting that He was in the temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
Jesus was in the temple and He says He was in His Father’s house: “Did you not know that I must be in My Father’s house?” It is this same city and around the temple that Jesus was condemned to death at the time of the celebration of the Passover and He spent 3 days in the tomb. And when His friends were looking for Him at the place of His burial, they were told that He was not in the tomb, but He was in His Father’s house already. He was risen from the dead and was with God the Father.
Mary and Joseph did not understand the saying of Christ that it was pointing to His death and resurrection. But Mary and Joseph teach us the common concern of good parents that work together to bring up their children. They did not complain, but solved the problem together. They may not have been aware of Jesus’ destiny. The pain of missing the child for 3 days is similar to the pain of being in the tomb for three days.
In Jesus Christ, Families must work together to seek liberation from slavery to sin and assist the children to develop a culture that drives them to liberation and unity.
The First Reading is a good example also of a family that stays through all challenges of life together as a family. For example the challenge of lack of children and so on.
God has loved us so much that He has manifested Himself in the family. That is why we call God Father. Let us collaborate in such a way that we are children of God and so we are if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and we receive from Him whatever we ask. Let us stick to Christ Who unites us in our Families.
LORD BLESS ALL OUR FAMILIES WITH JOY, PEACE, UNITY AND LOVE.
Msgr. Gerard Kalumba
Christ the King Parish, Kampala