FEAST of the HOLY FAMILY

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday, December 31, 2017 FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY – JESUS MARY JOSEPH WORD of the DAY When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. (Luke 2: 21-22)   How shall I live this Word? In today’s Liturgy, on the last day of the year, Luke draws attention to the name that could never be pronounced before the coming of Jesus. Now we can name God because He was conceived and gave Himself to us. The greatest desire of the human heart now finds satisfaction. In Jewish culture, the reality of the name is fundamental for existence. Calling a person by name means that the person exists for me and me for them. It means existing for each other, entering into communion. For human beings, the name of God must be Jesus, God-saves. When identified in this way, God does not frighten us. Through His name, He shows the...