I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Thursday, December 27, 2012

My Reflections for Sunday December 30, Feast of the Holy Family Luke 2:41-52

Each year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety."

And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.
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My Reflections:
A baby was adopted by a childless couple. As he grew he was treated as their very own child. They taught him about the faith and they regularly brought him to church for Mass. When he was fourteen years old, his biological parents went to his adopted parents to get him back. The couple who adopted him asked him if he was willing to go back again to his biological family but the child chose to stay with his adopted family.

What made the child choose his adopted family over his biological family? It was the parental love that he felt and it was the strong foundation about the faith that they had given him. These two very important family foundations were also provided by Mary and Joseph to the twelve year old Jesus.

The Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph implanted upon the young mind of Jesus the importance of church worship. That is why they frequently brought Him to the temple in Jerusalem for the yearly feast of Passover. They both wanted the young Jesus to become a God centered man and not a man centered on the world.

With the modernity of our times, many families are forgetting the very important fact that they must implant in the hearts of their children the basics of their faith. Many parents are forgetting to bring their children to  church for worship in favor of the many material things of this world. What kind of children are we growing if we neglect our parental duty to teach them about our faith and if we neglect to bring them to church for worship?

We form children that do not know how to respect their parents; we raise children that have no qualms of committing grievous crimes even to the point of killing innocent people. These scenarios are for real and are happening now for the simple reason that there are parents who neglect their basic duty to introduce their children to God.

The feast of the Holy Family is a wake-up call for all of us. It tells us that we must prioritize God over anything else in this world; it tells us that we must worship God at church as a family. And it tells us that we must teach our children about our faith because we are the very first catechist or faith formators of our children. Before our children go to our respective parish church, it is already assumed that we have already taught them about the fundamental of our faith in our domestic church which is none other than inside our own house.   

Let us therefore emulate the Holy family life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Let us follow the unconditional love of Mary and Joseph and let us emulate them on how they properly took care of the young Jesus.  


Anonymous said...

Glory to God for this excellent Gospel Reflection! The writer's wisdom is coming from Above.

Please continue sharing the Good News through the e-technology.

This is Rev. Fr. Pio L. Sta. Maria

Marino J. Dasmarinas said...

Thank you for your kind words Fr. Pio. I will continue doing this humble offering to our Lord. To God be the glory. Please include me and my family in your prayers and Mass intentions. God bless us all!