When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.
When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
Luke 2:22, 39–40
Jesus’ family was primarily a deeply religious Jewish family. We can imagine the atmosphere in which they lived: spiritual, serene, kind, and full of trust in God. In the image of the family of Nazareth, our families are also called to live in healthy and mature relationships, full of respect and tenderness. This way of living together is possible when we welcome God’s love with joy and seek his will in all things with serenity and trust. The family of Nazareth is characterized above all by its love for Jesus. Mary and Joseph never think of each other. Their whole heart, their whole mind, their whole concern is Jesus. They love him and educate him, but they also listen to him and contemplate him. The holy family reveals to us the most precious secret for happy, loving, and respectful relationships in our families: to be families of faith, inspired by Jesus, and in love with Jesus.
Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
Homily, Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (excerpt)
27 December 2020
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