Fr. Mike Dupo, CJM
When God entered in the human history, he needs to be born biologically in the womb of a woman and grown in an institution of a family. Jesus lives within his family with Joseph and Mary his parents they formed the Holy Family. Why they are called Holy?
On this feast I want you to reflect on this simple question but nice to ponder “Why they are called holy?” When we say the word holy we think of something which is in a spiritual sense or related to divine reality. In the Old Testament the word “holy” comes from the Hebrew word Kadosh can be translated as “holy,” “sanctified,” or “set apart.” This word mentioned 640 times in the Old Testament. It is found most often in the book of Leviticus, which makes sense because it contains the instructions for all the priestly duties in the tabernacle. It indicates uniqueness, purity both moral and physical, honor and reverence. All of these pertain to GOD.
GOD is indeed holy. God exists in holiness and it flows from his presence. God is the source of all holiness and without him nothing can be holy. The Holy Family is really God-centered. Jesus Christ who is the Only Begotten Son of God who is True God and True Man brought the holiness to the Holy family through his divinity. Joseph and Mary with all their obedience and humility surrendered to God’s will by becoming parents of the anointed one. And in accepting their role as parents of Jesus the Messiah here on Earth they accept the holy will of GOD. Their relationship as family is really full of God’s presence and holiness.
This Holy Family is GOD is indeed holy. The Holy Family is the perfect example of a family where there is authentic love and reverence for GOD. Now the question is: Does our families have resemblance to the holiness of the Holy Family? Is God the center of our family? Do we allow God’s presence in our relationship with one another? Let us beg the grace of GOD to learn and imitate all the virtues of the Holy Family.