6. The Feast of the Holy Family

6. The Feast of the Holy Family

“When they had fulfilled everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was upon him.” (Luke 2:39-40)

Meditation: The Family of Nazareth

“Jesus willed to be born and to grow up in a human family; he had the Virgin Mary as his mother and Joseph who acted as his father; they raised and educated him with immense love. Jesus’ family truly deserves the title “Holy”, for it was fully engaged in the desire to do the will of God, incarnate in the adorable presence of Jesus.”

“On the one hand, it was a family like all others and as such, it is a model of conjugal love, collaboration, sacrifice and entrustment to divine Providence, hard work and solidarity; in short, of all those values that the family safeguards and promotes, making an important contribution to forming the fabric of every society. At the same time, however, the Family of Nazareth was unique, different from all other families because of its singular vocation linked to the mission of the Son of God.” (Pope Benedict XVI, 28 December 2008)

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Christopher Hobbs / The Holy Family / Mosaic / 2003 / Chapel of St Joseph, Westminster Cathedral

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