The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

December 28, 2014


Too often we romanticize the “holy family” as a perfect family, but they were far from perfect as we typically think of this description. Mary and Joseph made lots of mistakes – there were first time parents after all!

But we call them holy because they believed in God and the relationship they had with their God. In doing so, they found true freedom – not doing whatever they wanted, but freedom to follow God – free of the bonds of expectations – personal or societal.

And this is the belief system that they passed on – to all of us actually: that holiness is not perfection; it is freedom to follow the Spirit’s beckoning. Which by the way never strayed away from the law of God. You see, they needed the structures of the law to give them room to believe – which can feel paradoxical, especially in our society today, but it is the truth of their example.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the the Holy Family (Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Psalm 128; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:22-40).


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