Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family, 2023

Written on: December 27, 2023

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

By Sister Josephine Patti, GNSH

First Reading: Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3
Second Reading: Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19
Psalm: Psalms 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Gospel: Luke 2:22-40

A printable version of the reflection is here: Feast of The Holy Family 2023

As we hear almost daily reminders of murdered Israeli citizens and hostages; of fleeing Palestinian families trying to escape and hide from those looking for Hamas terrorists; for Ukrainian civilians and soldiers, and Russian soldiers; for those experiencing the effects of climate change and poverty, it takes our thoughts back thousands of years to the Holy Family.

The Lord remembers his covenant forever…

Two young boys played in the dirt in front of the house while a young woman, mother of one of the boys, watched with a smile on her face.

Soon she called to them and Jesus and his cousin, John, ran immediately to her side.

It was time for Jesus, Mary and Joseph to begin the long journey back to their own town of Nazareth from Egypt where they had sought refuge at fearsome news: Herod was sending men to kill young Jewish boys when he heard of the birth of another king.

The Lord remembers his covenant forever…

When the days for their purification were completed, Joseph and Mary took Jesus up to Jerusalem, according to the Law of Moses.

At that time, the Holy Spirit led Simeon and Anna to the temple and each prophesied about what the future held for this child.

Mary pondered these things in her heart as they returned to Nazareth; the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom and the favor of God was upon him.

The Lord remembers his covenant forever…

Let us pray to the Holy Family for those suffering anywhere in the world, especially in these current days of terror.


3 thoughts on “Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family, 2023

  1. Joan McElwain says:

    Thank you Josephine

  2. Sister Patricia Geary, gnsh says:

    Thank you, Josephine. You remind us to remain hopeful despite the overwhelming sadness at the state of our world and its people. Prayer, sacrifice, and compassion are the only real solutions.
    Bless you! Lovingly, Patsy G

  3. Patricia (O'Sullivan) Sanders says:

    Shalom, Shalom (Peace, Perfect Peace)

    Hello, Sister Jo,
    Your reflection is timely and a journey from today’s war-torn Gaza back to the time of Jesus. Your theme, “The Lord remembers his covenant forever”, is one of hope and an Advent of expectation for us to embody every day.

    Thank you for keeping us current in the promises of the Lord.

    Love,
    Pat O’Sullivan

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