The Holy Family

December 24, 2015
Advent Reflections

The Holy Family is the name given to the family unit of Jesus: Jesus, his mother the Virgin Mary, and his foster-father Joseph. We know very little about the life of the Holy Family through the Gospels. They speak of the early years of the Holy Family, including the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, the flight into Egypt, and the finding of Jesus in the temple. While the exact details of the day-to-day life of the Holy Family may be unknown, the stories we do have teach lessons of courage, devotion, and love.

And now we give you thanks because in his earthly childhood
you entrusted him to the care of a human family.
In Mary and Joseph you give us an example of love and devotion
to him and also a pattern of family life.