All In A Family
Homily For the Feast of the Holy Family
of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
1 Samuel 1:20-28 “When Hannah had weaned him, she brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh.”
Psalm 84 “Blessed are those who live in your house, O Lord, ever singing your praise.”
1 John 3:1-2,21-24 “Whoever obeys his commandments abides in him, and he abides in them.”
Luke 2:41-52 “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? Then he went and was obedient.”
“Suddenly, mysteriously, the one holy God acts decisively. In what way? The birth of a child into a family. The Lamb of God begins in swaddling clothes in a manger. God’s saving actions now depend on the unfolding of ordinary, day to day family life.”
With this introduction, God Squad’s very own Deacon Stephen Robinson preaches on the meaning of the family, how it is under attack by the evil one and on the nurturing the family provides. He presents Hanna as a type of Mary, just like a priestly ordination is like Hanna, where the parent gives the son to God.
Listen to Deacon as he teaches us how the Holy Family is a school for families, a school in Holiness.
Deacon invites us to join God’s family as sons and daughters.
“We do this by committing ourselves to embrace Mary as our comforter and nurturer, and Joseph as an earthly father who teaches his children faithful obedience to our heavenly Father. We do this by going to the house of the heavenly Father, from whom all families take their name. Let us go to the house of the Lord together as the family of God.“