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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Gospel Reflection for December 25
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

December 25, 2016 —The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, Joseph

Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

“Family” means “Forget About Me, I Love You.” Jesus teaches that the two great commandments are to love God with all our heart, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Today’s celebration spotlights the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as patrons and models of the family, and of how love of God and neighbor ease the pains and enrich the joys of family life.The sentence, “Forget about me, I love you,” is illustrated in the events recalled during the Christmas season. Mary and Joseph could have been resentful at the fact that circumstances placed them far away from home at the time of Jesus’ birth. Mary’s Son was born in a stable! She and Joseph might have complained to God. Instead, their attitude toward God was, “Forget about me, I love you.”

Mary could have fussed to Joseph about the accommodations. “You are the one responsible for finding a place for the birth of God’s Son. Couldn’t you do better than a stable?” Instead, her generous love and her smile said to Joseph, “Forget about me. I love you.”

Mary and Joseph could have fretted about the events related in today’s Gospel. “How could God allow a wicked king like Herod to force us to flee to exile in Egypt? How will we survive?” Instead, they looked into the eyes of Jesus and said, “Forget about me. I love you.”

Most of us will never have to endure the difficulties, privations, and dangers endured by the Holy Family. But while we may recognize the blessings of family life, while we may appreciate the good things family members do for us, we can still get irritable and fussy when they don’t meet our expectations. Today, and every day, let’s turn to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph for the help to say, to God and to family, with love and a smile, “Forget about me. I love you.”

 
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