On this Sunday after Christmas as the Church celebrates this Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth – Jesus, Mary and Joseph – through an initiative of the Knights of Columbus we are giving the families of our parish the opportunity to consecrate their family to the Holy Family.
In the midst of much confusion in the world, today is an occasion to be reminded about the life of this Holy Family. Pope Francis, in speaking about Jesus, Mary and Joseph, has often reminded his hearers that they had God as the Lord of their home. From the stories of Jesus’ infancy the priority of believing in God, following His direction, and worshipping Him had primacy of place among them. Our Holy Father also often speaks of how this family were refugees – forced away from the homeland into Egypt in order to protect their new-born Son. While the Gospels do not say much of what happened to them or what they did while in Egypt, we can safely presume that have God as Lord in their home continued to guide them even in a foreign land.
In the Prayer of Consecration that we will use today, the prayer states: “May we be completely united in a love that is lasting, faithful and open to the gift of new life.” That “love” is, as we know, the Love that is God Himself! May He be the true Lord of all our families.