Now that the celebration of Christmas is almost over, we are little relaxed from the celebration mood. Hope you all enjoyed the Christmas celebration and that was beneficial to you all by way of blessings of the Infant Jesus. We are still in the Christmas season though.
We are at the verge of celebrating the New Year, 2018. Every year is a New Year, because we are not going to have an 0ld Year 2018. But all the same may this coming year be filled with all the blessings of the Almighty God and may you have all your good dreams realized in the year 2018. At the end of the Year 2017, we are celebrating the Solemn feast of the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. This family was like any other family in the time of Jesus. But there is a reason why this family is considered Holy.
In our day today life and in our families, we relate with our children in a diminishing manner. That is, our relation keeps a distance from our children. This distance keeps growing and growing in a slow pace and comes to a point where our relationship becomes so distant from them that we look at each other or treat them as strangers. Our relationship becomes legal and there remains only the fact that they are our children only because they were/are our biological products.
Our relationship is no more filial or cordial with them. It is governed mostly by external factors like laws for example. The law tells us to do certain things to our children and forbids certain things. Unfortunately, the things the law allows or suggests are mostly material and the things that are forbidden by the law is mostly moral or spiritual. We as the law-abiding citizens of the country, have to obey the law and that leaves us more handicapped in shaping the comprehensive personality of our kids. This is what makes the situation more crucial. Because the spiritual upbringing or the moral soundness of the children are less cared for. I am not blaming the law or the attitude and commitment to abide by the law. I am explaining the situation.
The reason the family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus is considered Holy, because their relationship to each other was cordial or familial. They cared more for the spiritual upbringing of the child Jesus and the moral behavior of Jesus (not that he was going to be immoral by any means). That made their family, a family. That is why it is considered Holy. We also need to keep our families holy by caring not only for the material needs but also for the moral and spiritual upbringing of our children. Because we are responsible and accountable for them too.
Wish you all a very great success in making your family a Holy Family.
Yours in the Infant Jesus,
Fr. A. Antony