2020-12-27Holy FamilyRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

A Dominican, a Franciscan and a Jesuit are making a retreat together when the Holy Family miraculously appears to them.

The Dominican approaches St. Mary and says to her: Our founder, St. Dominic, had a great devotion to you - and he gave the Church the rosary. It is a pleasure to meet you.

The Franciscan approaches Jesus and says: Our founder, St. Francis, gave the Church the original Christmas scene of the infant in the manger. It is a pleasure to meet you.

The Jesuit goes up to St. Joseph and says: Where are you sending your son to school?

Recently, Pope Francis declared that this year will be dedicated to St. Joseph. Our Holy Father has a special love for St. Joseph. He was made our Pope on the feast of St. Joseph which is March 19th.

I have always admired St. Joseph as well.

Joseph is hardly mentioned in the Bible but Mary loved him and he loved her. God chose Mary to be the mother of his son and so, I imagine, he must have chosen Joseph as well to be the foster father of Jesus.

Children need not only a good mother but a good father as well. I imagine that Jesus learned a great deal from Joseph. I am sure that Joseph was a man of deep faith and he was a skilled carpenter. He must have shared both with Jesus.

Our prisons today are filled with men who did not have a good father. A friend of mine was a prison chaplain. On Mother`s Day, the prisoners want to send their mothers a card.

On Father`s Day, the vast majority do not want to send a card at all.

Priests are called Father because they bring new life to people through the Sacrament of Baptism. To be the father in a family or to be a priest are awesome responsibilities.

Today we celebrate the Holy Family. The Church wants us to imitate them because we have a great deal to learn from their example.

Our Church has a stained glass window that commemorates the Nativity. It is a picture of the Holy Family.

I was blessed to have a great Mom and a great Dad. They were not perfect, but I know that they loved me as I loved them. I thank God every day for the many blessings that I received because of them.

If you were privileged to have a Holy Family, I encourage you to thank God for your blessings.

If you were not so blessed, I ask you to ask God to help you to become a holy person.

We need more people in this world to be caring and loving. We need more people in Church to be so as well. Our Church needs to be a Holy

Family. Our goal as a Church needs to bring more people to Jesus. If we were what we should be, we would be able to do so.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, help me to do so!

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