Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
This weekend we celebrate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. All of you who are parents, call to mind what it was like when your first child was born and you brought that child home. I suspect that your whole lives were changed. You were suddenly on baby schedules - listening to certain kinds of cries - wondering about how to hold them - burp them.
That was the experience of Mary and Joseph with Jesus. They had to learn how to be parents with Jesus just like you did. The gospel for this weekend tells of the experience the young family had at the temple when they presented Jesus after eight days. They fulfilled the prescriptions of the Law like faithful Jewish parents. But then Simeon and Anna come at the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to tell them what would happen with their infant Jesus. I would imagine that Mary and Joseph could not even imagine what Simeon and Anna told them would mean. Jesus in their care would be savior of all.
As we celebrate this Feast of the Holy Family, we recognize that we have entered into the “Year of the Family” in the diocese and in the whole church. It is a great time to watch for the opportunities to grow in the faith as a family - see bulletin announcements for family events like “Three Become One” couples experience at St. Mary of Nazareth. It is a great time to make the effort to pray as a family. It is a great time to plan on regular family times together - eating dinner together - playing games where the whole family can take part - planning and going on family vacations.
May all of you be blessed as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. May your New Year be filled with moments when you see Jesus the new born Lord present in your lives.
Happy New Year!
Fr. Larry Hoffmann