A Place for Catholics and Christians Struggling with Homosexuality
Today the universal church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. In the Holy Family we are able to find perhaps the greatest asset the gay Christian community has. The Holy Family is an amazing reflection of the identity of God, of his Triune nature. It is a perfect example of the entire point of marriage, emphasizing the monogamous and heterosexual nature of marriage. Within the Holy Family is a picture of perfect chastity. First there is Christ, the perfect image of the invisible God. Through him, all truth is revealed. In his teachings, marriage is restored to its proper status, and sinners are called to carry their crosses for the sake of Christ. Then there is Mary, who perfectly consigned herself to the will of her God, who, not quite understanding the fullness of the angel’s message, still consented whole heartedly to the task asked of her. Then there is Joseph. Joseph’s task is not unlike ours. He was asked to take Mary and Jesus into his life. He was asked to care for them, protect them. He was asked to flee to Egypt to spare Christ’s life. He was asked to be a foster father to him while Jesus was away from his Father in heaven.
This is the lesson of the Holy Family:
To be obedient to the will of God no matter what the cost.
Obedience to God, not obedience to ourselves. Obedience to God, not obedience to social fads and trends.
Obedience to God forges a bond of true love between the individual and God, a love that shines forth to the world so that others may forge a deep bond of love with God as well.
May we, as the new year approaches, truly resolve to look at the Holy Family as the model par excellence of obedience and love of God. May we conform our wills to the Father’s will as Jesus, Mary, and Joseph did.