GETTING OUR PRIORITIES RIGHT: family first? or family second?
“Family” is a catchword in today’s world.
“Family Planning” means having no family — or at least curtailing its numbers to what suits your convenience.
A “Family Clinic” is where you can go to get your baby aborted or your fertility interrupted, temporarily or permanently.
They say modern “families” take multiple forms: single-parent, blended, same-sex — you name it.
Even married heterosexual couples living together are tolerated.
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The Church sets aside one Sunday per year as the “Feast of the Holy Family”.
Today is that Sunday.
Today’s gospel reading is from Saint Luke, chapter 2:
“The parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem each year for the Passover Feast. When he was twelve years old, they went as usual. When they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem without their knowing. Thinking he was in the company, they travelled a whole day, then looked for him among kinsfolks and friends: not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem and after three days found him in the temple with the teachers, listening, and asking them questions.
“His mother said, ‘Son, why did you do this — your father and I have been distressed looking for you?’ He answered, ‘Why did you have to look? Didn’t you know I would be in my Father’s house?’ But they did not understand his answer.
“So Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.”
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What can we learn from that?
That one only loyalty outranks loyalty to family — our duty to God.
Otherwise we obey what our family role demands — always, without fail.
Jesus taught this, both in words and in practice.