December 28, 2009


Holy Family
Luke 2:41-52

Importance of Family Religious Routines

The passage from Luke emphasizes the religious routines of the Holy Family, "Each year, Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival customs." This simple fact indicates the family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus have tradition and routines.

In addition, their family life is similar to any human family, with blessings, joys, as well as unanswered mysteries, questions, and challenges (in this case, miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the raising of an adolescent child!)

The example of the Holy Family, however, teaches us to do the normal things of family life, with its blessings and issues, without loosing sight of the bigger picture - God's picture. They appreciate and preserve religious and spiritual tradition and routines. They pray and reflect. That is what Mary's "keeping all these things in her heart" can teach us. In this way, in their common family life, they ponder and discover God's plan and each person's vocation in their daily life.

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