Sunday 31 December 2017
Feast Of The Holy Family.
Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3. Psalm 104(105):1-6, 8-9. Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19. Luke 2:22-40.
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever—Psalm 104(105):1-6, 8-9.
‘Simeon took the child in his arms and praised God.’
This reading from Luke reminds us of the wonderment of new parents, of possibilities, hopes, and fears for the new life they have to nurture and the family they have become.
We can only imagine the domestic life of the Holy Family. They are an example of domestic church, living in communion as they faced the insecurities
of Jewish family life under Roman rule. Families have traditionally come together to celebrate at
this time of year.
As the year draws to an end it is a natural time for reflecting on the giftedness, the challenges, the fragility, and the strength of family bonds. May the imminence of the new year allow us to draw on the strengths, face the challenges, respect the fragility, and embrace the giftedness of our own unique family.