The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
December 27, 2015
“Jesus said to them: ‘Why did you search for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’”
This feast—as well as this well-known challenge of Jesus to his parents, Mary and Joseph—invites us to consider this question: Whom do I consider my family? Is it my father, my mother, my siblings, my wisdom-person, my confidante, my partner? Throughout our lives, we enter into diverse relationships, yet foundational to them all is our identity and the learnings we received in our childhood: our first family. Who we are and who we are called to be as well as how we become this unique person are informed and guided by our relationship to our mother and our father, biological or other.
Who is family to me today? Is it the family of God through my faith and ministry? Do I practice familial roles and responsibilities in new ways—as caregiver, counselor, comforter, inspirer?
On this Feast of the Holy Family, let us celebrate and give thanks for the grace to be and to become ever more “advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and people.”
Teach us how to listen, Most Wise One,
that we may be truly obedient to your truth, your call, your life.
Attune our hearts to be open to your way, your challenge, your vision for us.
Keep us steadfast on this journey that we may recognize and follow the light you show us.
We ask all this through the grace of your love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Sister Mary Jane Wagner
School Sisters of St. Francis Music Ministry
St. Joseph Center