When we think of the Holy Family do we only consider the holiness of Jesus, Mary and Joseph? After all, Jesus was fully human and his parents were as well. Their lives may have been holy, but my educated guess is that they struggled to raise their son just like anyone else would. When you understand the humanity of the Holy Family you begin to understand that you probably have more in common with them than you thought.
When the magi had departed, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod,
that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
Out of Egypt I called my son.
When Herod had died, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream
to Joseph in Egypt and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel,
for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”
He rose, took the child and his mother,
and went to the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea
in place of his father Herod,
he was afraid to go back there.
And because he had been warned in a dream,
he departed for the region of Galilee.
He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth,
so that what had been spoken through the prophets
might be fulfilled,
He shall be called a Nazorean.
The real question that all of us have to answer is whether we will bring holiness to our own families. Our families are so important to us. Holiness has to begin with us. We must soften our hearts toward our family members.