A Homily for Christmastide from the Athenaeum

holy-familyHappy New Year! The first day of the year is the great Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, as well as the last day within the octave of Christmas. Christmas season continues through to the Baptism of Our Lord, on January 12, but today, January 1, marks the final day of solemn celebration of this event within the Catholic Church. Just a few days ago, December 29, was the Feast of the Holy Family. With all of these feasts–Christmas, Mother of God, and the Holy Family–at the close of the year and the start of a new one, we do well to ponder with a certain awe and reverence the humble beginnings of Our Lord Jesus, indeed, the humble beginnings of Christianity as we know it.

Please enjoy this Christmastide homily from Fr. Timothy Schehr, PhD, Professor of Biblical Studies at the Athenaeum of Ohio.

Holy Family 2013
Sirach 3:2-6; Col 3:12-21; Matthew 2:13-23

What has been your favorite gift so far this Christmas season?
Many of us would probably not mention things at all. We would think of family and friends getting together.

That makes the feast of holy family well placed for the middle of the holidays. I always thought it was perfect timing…coming just when family is so very much on our minds.

This year the gospel comes from Matthew…a gospel by tradition attributed to a tax collector who discovered that the kingdom of heaven is beyond any earthly value. Only Matthew tells us the kingdom of heaven is like the finding of a fine pearl or a great treasure.

Continue the reflection here.

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