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28 tháng 12, 2015

Homily for The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Dec 27, 2015)

The Family: the Formation of Humanity

(2015 Feast of Holy Family)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Today, as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Our Lord Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mother, and Blessed Joseph, we recall into our mind the solemn celebration of the Birthday of Christ, just come two days ago, with songs, prayers, wishes and delicious food and drink.

The is a very important relation between the two celebrations: one is the coming of God the Almighty, the Invisible into our human nature, the event described by Saint John the Evangelist, “the Word became flesh and made His dwelling place among us”[1] and the other is the God Creator of all creation now in order to be truly human like each and one of us, in every aspect,[2] has a family. Saint Paul confirming this belief writes, “When the fullness of time has come, God sent His Son, born of a woman.”[3]    The sign given by the angels to the shepherds in order for them to recognize the Son of God becoming human being was, “an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”[4]         

The above mentioned tells us the truth that in order for God to become human being, He needed a family.  In other words, family is the place for formation of humanity.

As a matter of fact, God was the Founder of the family institution when He created the first man and woman and united them as two human persons, into one body, one life, one love, and one hope for everlasting happiness.[5]  God gave the first couple the power of procreation, meaning to say, the capacity of giving birth to other human beings.  Children are, therefore, the fruit of the self-giving act, sealed with an undivided and inseparable love of their parents.

It is within the family that a child grows up, learning to think, speak and react the way all human persons should. 

It is within the family that a child experiences mutual love, care and respect. 

It is within the family that a child learns the meaning of self-giving and self-sacrifice.

These are the basic components for the formation of human persons.  No other institutions but the family can accomplish this great mission for which the family becomes vital to both the society and the Church.

Without the family, founded on marital institution, the unbreakable union between a man and a woman, and forever bound in faithful love, there could be experts working in science and technology fields, politician and military elite who decide on the fate of millions of people. Unfortunately, they are far from being human.  They may have big brain but they have no heart.  They are like tools produced just in order to serve some ideological organizations.    

Underlining the importance of the family in the formation of the human person, Saint John Paul II wrote:
Among these many paths, the family is the first and the most important.  It is a path common to all, yet one which is particular, unique and unrepeatable, just as every individual is unrepeatable; it is a path from which man cannot withdraw.  Indeed, a person normally comes into the world within a family, and can be said to owe the family the very fact of his existing as an individual.  When he has no family, the person coming into the world develops an anguished sense of pain and loss, one which will subsequently burden his whole life.[6]
By Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P.

[1] Jn 1:14.
[2] See Heb 4:15.
[3] Gal 4:4.
[4] Lk 2:12.
[5] See Gn 1:27; 2:24.
[6] Letter to Families, 2.