December 26
Feast of the Holy Family

My Father’s House

Sir 3:2-6, 12-14/ Col 3:12-21/ Lk 2:41-52

Notice the slight shift created in today’s Gospel, stemming from the use of one capital letter.  We can only imagine the fear and frustration Mary must have felt when she finally found Jesus after being separated from Him for three days.  She says: “Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”  The 12-year-old Jesus responds with: “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  The slight shift from father to Father speaks volumes here.  Jesus acknowledges Joseph and Mary as His earthly parents, and He is obedient to them.  However, He seems quite aware that He is not “of this world” and must make His way to His Father’s house.  May we all remember that we should not allow ourselves to get lost or attached to things in this world and that we should, instead, make our way to our Father’s house.  Like the child Jesus, we are called to obedience in this temporary world, but we were created for holiness in the Kingdom of God!