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Dec 30, 2017 Written by  Rev. Fr. Paulino Twesigye Mondo

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Theme: The gift of a holy Family

On this feast of the Holy Family we are invited to reflect beyond models and personalities who have figured so importantly in our history of salvation by looking critically upon one universal family of humankind. Unfortunately, due to a variety of factors; the ties that used to bind global network of families have suffered serious assaults over the past generations. Relational weakness and decay of values is affecting us heavily to the point of suffocating the once obvious joy.

First reading: Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3

No celebration of our faith family could be compete without acknowledging the man whom three major religions of the world namely Judaism, Christianity, Islam call father. Abram by God’s promise received power to become the father of nations. In this text the promise from God is fulfilled. Though childless and elderly, Abram accepted that God would make good the reward that had been promised; he did not laugh or doubt but believed that the stars, more numerous than he could count were a portent of the children that he and Sarah would be given. With the birth of Isaac in Genesis 21, the promise signified in those stars became a living son and the first in along line of descendants, among whom we are numbered.

For putting his faith in God, Abraham is called righteous; this right relationship with God made him a great patriarch of faith and a sample of obedience cf. Deuteronomy 6:25. Although Abraham lived before the Decalogue, he was nevertheless made righteous because of his inner attitude. After the Decalogue and the coming of Christ, Paul would cite this text as the basis for preaching salvation, justification and righteousness by calling believers to walk in the steps of our father Abraham cf. Romans 4:12. With Abraham as our father, we continue the struggle to be holy in faith and obedience having strong shoulders upon which to lean.

Second reading: Hebrews 11: 8, 11-12, 17-19

This reading begins with a lengthy aspect of faith displayed through personalities of the Old Testament insisting that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for and conviction of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1. All the same, faith remains a paradox since it convinces us that we posses what we do not have yet and we know what is outside the reach of reason. Today we need to believe that faith is God in a human being; that heaven has already began and that eternal joy is already present in the midst of daily and at times dull routine. Today we need to profess publicly that faith is that extraordinary dynamism yet also an adventure in our companionship with the invisible. Faith is the familiarity with an environment of realities that remain invisible to others. We need to be convinced that through faith, billions of men and women of our time have given meaning to their lives even if some still think the contrary that ends in nothingness. Our prayer today is that we remain women and men of faith like those in the holy family.

Faith means to trust in the word of someone; to start on the road even when we are not sure of the destination. Faith means to march in the dark towards the light expecting a perfect city where everything is built on love. Faith means to work even when we are not sure of the results. By this faith “Sarah received the power to conceive even when she had passed age” Hebrews 11:11. Faith means to believe in the fruitfulness of our lives even when all the appearance proves contrary. Like our ancestors in the faith we have to work with means at our disposal and to put our trust in the promises of God. When we have done everything as if we did not expect anything from God, we must still expect everything of Him as if we had not done anything ourselves. The beautiful risk of faith goes to the extent of accepting death in the assurance that we are not falling into nothingness but into the hands of the Father.

Gospel: Luke 2: 2:22-40

In an effort to retain fond memories of their child’s first years, some parents keep a baby album. Today’s gospel can be compared to an entry in Jesus’ baby album even when information contained goes far beyond physical characteristics with profound theological statements concerning God’s saving plan revealed in the person and mission of Jesus. This text carry core family responsibilities viewed as life rituals regarding presentation, consecration of a child and purification.

By the law the book of Leviticus 12:2-8 stipulated that mothers should be ceremonially purified after birth so as to resume daily duties. Two offerings were prescribed, a lamb for a holocaust of praise and a turtledove; however, if the couple could not afford an animal, the law permitted them to offer a pair of birds. Another law prescribed in Exodus 13:2, 12 stipulated that firstborn sons belonged to God and should be presented in recognition of that fact. Once presented however, the child could be redeemed by an offering of five shekels as it is written in Numbers 18:15. Luke’s description of the presentation of Jesus recalled the similar ritual for Samuel in 1Samuel 1:11, 22-28. Both children were born under unusual circumstances. Hannah was barren while Mary was recognized as a virgin. Both were presented to God in a holy place where they received the blessings from elderly men; Eli for Hannah and Simeon for Mary. Both remained in the service of God, Samuel as a Prophet and Jesus as the long awaited Messiah.

Simeon’s prayer referred to as the Nunc Dimittis, serves the same function as the canticles of Mary in Luke 1:46-55. In each instance, the canticle interpreted, in faith, the significance of the event it accompanied while proclaiming the salvific action of God. Through Simeon’s song, Luke confirms that the fruits of the messianic age which include peace, fulfillment, saving deeds, light and glory have now been realized and are to being enjoyed by all people. Nevertheless, Simeon’s song also celebrates the double edge sword by revealing the conflict and division that the presence of the messiah brings cf. Luke 2:34-35.

Later in the gospel, Jesus affirms the challenge which faith in him entails cf. Luke 12:51-53. His saving involvement with the world demands a choice with consequences. To accept Jesus is to accept not only the joy of salvation but also the Cross which is the path to glory. To reject Jesus is to reject life and light and with them, the glory of being saved. This testimony is mentioned only indirectly by Prophetess Anna, “she gave thanks to God and talked about the child” Luke 2:38; in a situation that is humanly speaking tense and challenging. Prophetess Anna is not as silent as she appears. The widowhood of Anna, her devoted worship, her prayer and fasting has its own eloquence. It vocalizes the ideals of those who are poor and pious commonly referred to as the anawim who in humility awaited the appearance of the Messiah. Theirs is the spirituality that should be our own while we await the Messiah’s second and final appearance.

Today we need to retaliate that the family is a sure ground where values and virtues are inculcated and cultivated. When family values are ignored then society fragments resulting into: 1- escalating rates of divorce; 2- a steady rise in the number of single-parent householders; 3- Survival employment faraway from home; 4- mobility of families changing residence often. These factors can compound into cultural disintegration granting recipe for chaos. Our conviction is that a family is essential to the well-being of society.

Application

First, the family needs to be built in partnership of a father, mother and children with each member fulfilling his/her task. Even orphaned families can become a dignified home when God is at the centre.

Second, the family today demands respect. To have a family means building it day after day, brick after brick. When the tasks/roles are shifted or distorted, the family clashes.

Third, the family is a task that requires sacrifice on the part of all involved including visitors and strangers. We all need to put in our best to support the family! The family is being attacked from all sides by poverty, domestic violence, pornography, infidelity, hedonism/pleasure seeking, contraceptives of all kinds, selfishness, individualism, wearied human categories of disoriented groups who camouflage as family when they are not. It must be saved by educating people to love, to be responsible, to plan and save funds for the future all modeled on the Holy Family of Nazareth. Today I implore each one of us to maintain the desire to have and live in a good family.

 

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