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Homily for Holy Family, Year B



Genesis 15:1-6,21:1-3

Hebrews 11:8,11-12,17-19

Luke 2:22-40


Christmas is a family time. A period of reunion with the privilege of spending much time together, and enjoying each others company.

Family has its origin in God and it is He who sustains it. Today’s celebration is one that invites us to reflect on the joys and challenges of family life.

The first reading presents us with the challenge of Abraham and how God resolved that challenge with the promise of a child. Our thoughts this morning go out to families who are in crises because of childlessness with the assurance that when the time is right, the Lord will make it happen. (Isaiah 60:22).

My dear friend, the second reading invites us as a family to journey with the Lord in faith,just as Abraham did and was rewarded by God in faith. The lesson about Abraham is not so much the test but his steadfastness.

In our own families, we may encounter challenges of faithfulness, love and trust but how we bond together in these moments will set us apart. For in the words of Pope Francis, ” there is no perfect family”, an affirmation of the challenges in family life. This celebration reminds us that God has not just come to be born into the world but to identify with us.

The Holy Family had their challenges like every family; the mother being a virgin, the father not being the biological father of the child, etc but they overcame them all by staying together.

My dear friends, the measure of The Holy Family is not found in what does or does not happen to its members but in how responsive they are to the demands of the word of God. As we celebrate them today, we need to learn the lessons they teach and also be determined to imitate thier example.

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