Hi everyone, here’s my homily for the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The readings for today’s Mass can be found at: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122913.cfm. Thanks so much for reading, sharing this blog and for your feedback and comments. MERRY CHRISTMAS! God’s Blessings on you and yours in the New Year! – Fr. Jim
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In recent years, we’ve seen with greater anger and animosity the so-called “War on Christmas.” There’s arguments over singing religious Christmas carols in public schools; The legality of displaying a nativity scene on public property; debates over whether saying “Merry Christmas” is insensitive and that instead “Happy Holidays” is a less objectionable alternative (which covers everything from Hanukah, Kwanza, Christmas and New Years)
Looking at the Gospel today we see that this is nothing new. Here we are in the midst of celebrating the season of Christ’s Birth, we come to this Christmas feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and what does the Gospel recount for us? That not long after a star leads the Magi to behold the Christ Child, not long after the glad tidings of angels to shepherds announcing Jesus birth by proclaiming “GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST AND ON EARTH, PEACE TO PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL” – we see the lack of peace in people of not-Good will. King Herod is so paranoid by this newborn, so obsessed in his hatred of this royalty he has never met, so blind in his rage and fury – that he takes no chances. He orders the slaughter of every Jewish infant boy. As this horrendous evil is being inflicted in the first attempt to eliminate Christ from Christmas, Joseph takes the family and flees to Egypt.