Feast of the Holy Family

Sir 3:2-6, 12-14; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5; Col 3:12-21; Lk 2:41-52

There are some people who are born with an innate GPS or WAZE already hardwired for knowing in what direction to travel. While such a gifted talent is crucial in our technological environment where location is everything, knowing one’s HPS is of more importance for those of us who value the positioning of our spiritual location. The HPS is the Heart Positioning System that tracks the progress of our soul space and how receptive we are to the conditioning that is necessary for holiness to take root and bear fruit in our lives.

This brings us to our Gospel today of being lost and found. Jesus stays behind in the Temple and Mary and Joseph are seeking Him for three days. This is not as much about direction as it is about knowing. Jesus’ response to Mary, “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s House?” Our HPS is the reminder for what we should be about, and that is knowing where we should be. That is the location necessary to be about doing God’s business. Do you know your HPS?

Br. Richard Contino, O.S.F.