Feast of the Holy Family, Year C

Sunday, December 30, 2018
Fr. Kyle
Homily transcription: 

How many of you woke up in Church today?  If you live with your family, than you did wake up in a church.  The home of a family is holy, it is a sanctuary, it is a sacred place, it is the temple where we find and encounter Christ.  The family is the domestic Church and as Jesus tells his parents after they have been looking for him, “did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house”; so we too should not be surprised to find Jesus alive in the sanctuary of our holy families and homes. 

The Altar: Free, total, fruitful and faithful love.  Husbands you are told by St. Paul to love your wife as Christ loved the Church.  Spouses experience the unconditional and permanent love of Christ through the love of their spouse.  I have to say, I am quite jealous of married couples for this fact. 

The cross (sacrifice):  Let’s face it.  It is hard to be nice and loving to family.  We irritate, bother and annoy each other to no end.  The good news is that our family probably won’t nail us to a wooden cross.  However, they no doubt will give us plenty of opportunity to sacrifice our own wants, to endure pain and irritation, and to forgive even when we are in the right. In this way, our family teaches us to love as Christ loved on the cross.

The doors: If our family is a sanctuary of love (and remember, it does not have to be perfect in order to be a sanctuary) than that love will extend to everyone around us when we are not around our family.  Just as we go forth from mass to spread the presence of God which we receive in the Eucharist, so too do we go forth from our families to give the same love that we learned and experienced from our loved ones.

When you go home after mass, you may not be going to some big building with pretty windows and peaceful silence and a dashingly handsome priest, but you are going to a holy sanctuary.  The home of our family is the domestic Church, a temple of God’s love where we encounter Christ.  As Christ asked his parents, “did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  we can likewise imagine him asking us, “do you not know that I must be in the domestic Church?  Did you not know that I must be in your home?  Do you not know that I must be in your holy family?”