Feast of the Holy Family

December 30, 2018 / By: Christina Crow

1 Sm 1:20-22, 24-28/1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24/Lk 2:41-52

Each year, Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover…Lk.2:41

Traveling from Nazareth to Jerusalem was no simple journey, it was more than 60 miles! Surely it was a taxing trip—demanding much in resources, time, and effort. This family still faithfully made the journey each year.

                  Am I faithful to journeying with the Lord and His ways, despite cost?

 …as they were returning [from Passover], the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it…[they] looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to find him.  Lk.2:43b; 44b-45

How awful it must have been for Joseph and Mary to realize their son was not with them!  They go to family and friends for help—have you seen him?  Surely Joseph and Mary must have experienced some worry, anger or doubt. 

                 Do I invest in a faithful community that I can turn to in times of worry, anger, and doubt?

 After three days they found him in the temple…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.” Lk 2:46a, 48b-c

 More faithful traveling for Joseph and Mary.  They journey back to Jerusalem, seeking Jesus.  When Mary lays eyes on Him, she is forthright in sharing her questions and emotions with Jesus.

                 Do I diligently look for Jesus in my life, trusting He wants to listen?

 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me?  Did you not know I must be in my Father’s house?”...his mother kept all these things in her heart.  Lk.2:49

Our Lord, in perfect wisdom and knowledge, responds to Mary with more questions, that are as pertinent today as they were then.

                 Why do I look for the Lord—for my answers or His?

 Mutual prayers, through the intercession of the Holy Family, that we more faithfully journey to the Christ Child this Christmas!

Christina Crow
Sacramental Coordinator, Office for Pastoral Care and Worship