Family Time in Nazareth

Benedict arrives at today's Mass in Nazareth.
Benedict arrives at today's Mass in Nazareth. (photo: CNS/Reuters)

“All of us need, as Pope Paul VI said here, to return to Nazareth, to contemplate ever anew the silence and love of the Holy Family, the model of all Christian family life. Here, in the example of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, we come to appreciate even more fully the sacredness of the family, which in God’s plan is based on the lifelong fidelity of a man and a woman consecrated by the marriage covenant and accepting of God’s gift of new life.

“How much the men and women of our time need to reappropriate this fundamental truth, which stands at the foundation of society, and how important is the witness of married couples for the formation of sound consciences and the building of a civilization of love!”

These were the words of Pope Benedict XVI, in his homily today during the public Mass he celebrated at Nazareth’s Mount of the Precipice. The Pope dedicated the homily to the theme of the Holy Family.

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Reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel, the pope said that “living a Christian life is not made up of dreams or beautiful aspirations, but of concrete commitments, in order to open ourselves ever more to God's will and to love for our brothers and sisters.”