“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Happy they who dwell in your house! Continually they praise you.” ~Psalm 84
Dear Parishioners and Friends;
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph with the story of young Jesus in the Temple. The Feast of the Holy Family has its origin due to Pope Leo XII in 1893. Pope Leo wanted to highlight the importance of the Christian family and use the Holy Family as a model for all families to follow. While the church is described as the "Family of God" the real roots of the larger church depend on the health and well-being of the individual human family, including our own.
We must not forget that Jesus was born into a human family too. Although Mary and Joseph could not offer the newborn Jesus much material wealth, the surrounding poverty of a stable, what Mary and Joseph did offer Jesus was the greatest gift of warmth and parental love. Mary and Joseph had their share of trials and tribulations through the years, but drew on their faith in God’s will for them. The Holy Family shows us an example of how to live together in peace.
Families come in many different shapes and sizes, but the Holy Family is still a model for us all. On this day we thank God for the gift of our own family, each unique in their own way. We ask that Jesus come and be the center and source of divine, eternal love in our family.
May God bless you!