Celebrating the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Feast day Dec. 31

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

“When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the babe lying in a manger” (Luke 2:15-16).

While the secular world of merchants and of the media is in “holiday overdrive,” many Catholic parishes are decorated only with an Advent wreath.

When merchants stop promoting the holiday, television stations stop showing movies about Santa Claus, and radio stations stop playing Christmas music, Catholic parishes still are decked with wreaths, ribbons, lights and a display of the Nativity scene of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, featuring the babe lying in a manger. 

The feast day of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph is Sunday, Dec. 31.

Pope Francis said, “In the loving obedience of this woman, Mary, and this man, Joseph, we have a family into which God comes. God always knocks on the doors of our hearts. He likes to do that. He goes out from within. But, do you know what he likes best of all? To knock on the doors of families. And to see families that are united, families that love, families that bring up their children, educating them and helping them to grow, families that build a society of goodness, truth and beauty.”

Families are the cornerstone of society. The Feast of the Holy Family can be a reminder to Catholics that they are to know, love and serve God, starting in their homes.

Pope Benedict XVI had a counter-cultural message for the World Meeting of Families in June 2012, “Pray often for the help of the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph that they may teach you to receive God’s love as they did. Your vocation is not easy to live, especially today, but the vocation to love is a wonderful thing – it is the only force that can truly transform the cosmos, the world.”

Ted King is a freelance writer for the Sooner Catholic.