Sunday, December 31, 2017

Homily The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary And Joseph. Year B - 31/12/2017

Homily The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary And Joseph. Year B – 
(Sunday, December 31, 2017)

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THE LITURGY OF THE WORD


  First Reading: Sirach 3:2-6. 12-14


  Psalm: Ps 127:1-5. 
“The Lord remembers his covenant forever.”

  Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-21


  Gospel Acclamation: Colossians 3:15. 16


  Gospel: Luke 2:22-40


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As we continue on our journey through this Christmas season.... this Feast of the Holy Family is a really important feast, straight after the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord. 


At this time of year, we give sincere thanks for the love, nurturing and support that family can give us…….


We think of those countless acts of kindness and love and sacrifices by our parents and families. When we were young, we probably didn’t appreciate the scale of it all. When we get older, and have our own families, or watch with admiration brothers and sisters and friends raising their own families, we start to appreciate what our parents must have given and sacrificed out of love. We are really grateful for this.


We are also very mindful of people whose family life has been extremely difficult and who did not have that support that others take for granted.  That is, not everyone in this world has been blessed with an unconditionally loving and accepting family, who support one another. We give thanks for mentors and all people who have been good role models and sources of care and protection for the young. These people have been family to others, beyond the ties of blood. 


The Holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, are the patron saints of supporting each-other and sticking together when everything is going wrong around them,….

for example.


We can sometimes be tempted to over-romanticised Christmas. But when we take a close look at the very first Christmas we quickly see that it was anything but smooth sailing.  The joy and hope comes from the fact that God came into our world and made a home with us when everything was going terribly. The first Christmas came at a time of incredible unrest for the people of Israel, who were suffering under the foreign domination of a pagan empire which had values very different from those of the Jewish religious thinking.


Mary and Joseph are forced to take a terribly arduous trip to Bethlehem when Mary is imminently due to give birth. This would have been a difficult trip at the best of times, but it must have been unimaginable for an expectant mother at the end of her term. They get to the town and there is nowhere to stay. They are forced to sleep in a barn and Mary gives birth to a baby surrounded by animals. The baby is placed in a food-trough where the animals normally eat.


The poorest and lowliest “outcasts” in the society at that time, the shepherds, are the first to hear about the birth and come to pay their respects.


Very soon after the birth, Mary and Joseph must flee for their lives with their newly born baby Jesus, as King Herod is insanely jealous and means to kill him. They flee into exile into a foreign land.


And today’s gospel, which is truly wonderful, the prophet Simeon and the prophetess Anna, in the temple, praise God for Jesus who is the one who will save not only Israel but all the world. But then Simeon turns to Mary and warns her that her life will be touched by a sword of sorrow, as the implications of loving and caring for her only son, - who must tread this loving path but also a path of indescribable suffering and sacrifice, - will touch her life deeply too.


Mary and Joseph also had countless incidents when they just had to trust in what God was doing and, all the while plunged into a confusion of what its meaning could be at the time. They trusted in God and in each other and this made all the difference.


The Holy Family are our inspiration and our prayerful support for us ….


And this feast day, and within the Christmas season, we give sincere and heartfelt thanks for family….. and the support and strength that we can give each other along life's long journey, with all its joys and sorrows, its graces and temptations.


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REFERENCES:


FR. PAUL W. KELLY

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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary And Joseph. Year B

(Sunday, December 31, 2017)

(EPISODE: 66 )


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (or/ The Lord be with You)


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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,

and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.


Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of peace. Lord have mercy// You are Son of God and the Son of Mary. Christ have mercy// You are Word made flesh, the splendour of the Father. Lord have mercy.


May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


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Memorial Acclamation:

Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

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Nativity of the Lord II

Euch Prayer II


Communion side. pwk: RH


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Go in peace.(glorifying the Lord by your life)



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