The Feast of the Holy Family is celebrated today. Our Gospel is the story, found only in the Gospel of Luke, about how Jesus was traveling with his family to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover and became “lost.” But as he explains patiently to his parents, he really was “found” because he was in the temple, “in my Father’s house.” With this story Luke is introducing the readers to the mission of Jesus. “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent” (Lk 4:43).
We also have an identity like that of Jesus, our second readings tell us. We are “God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved” (Col 3:12) or “children of God” (1 Jn 3:1) — there is a choice of readings for the presider. And so we also have a purpose, a mission to accomplish. The world is a confusing place, and the guidance of good parents and other mentors is essential to help children find their purpose and mission in it. As you think about your life, what has your mission been? What is it now? Were you “found” at points when you were lost? Who has been your “holy family,” helping you find your God-given purpose in the confusing world?
– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia