Feast of the Holy Fam­ily of Je­sus, Mary and Joseph

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First Read­ing

God sets a fa­ther in honor over his chil­dren; a mother’s au­thor­ity he confirms over her sons. Who­ever hon­ors his fa­ther atones for sins, and pre­serves him­self from them. When he prays, he is heard; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. Who­ever hon­ors his fa­ther is glad­dened by chil­dren, and, when he prays, is heard. Who­ever reveres his fa­ther will live a long life; he who obeys his fa­ther brings com­fort to his mother. My son, take care of your fa­ther when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be con­sid­er­ate of him; re­vile him not all the days of his life; kind­ness to a fa­ther will not be for­got­ten, firmly planted against the debt of your sins —a house raised in jus­tice to you. (Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14)

Read­ing 2

Broth­ers and sis­ters: Put on, as God’s cho­sen ones, holy and beloved, heart­felt com­pas­sion, kind­ness, hu­mil­ity, gen­tle­ness, and pa­tience, bear­ing with one an­other and for­giv­ing one an­other, if one has a griev­ance against an­other; as the Lord has for­given you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of per­fec­tion. And let the peace of Christ con­trol your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thank­ful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wis­dom you teach and ad­mon­ish one an­other, singing psalms, hymns, and spir­i­tual songs with grat­i­tude in your hearts to God. And what­ever you do, in word or in deed, do ev­ery­thing in the name of the Lord Je­sus, giv­ing thanks to God the Fa­ther through him. Wives, be sub­or­di­nate to your hus­bands, as is proper in the Lord. Hus­bands, love your wives, and avoid any bit­ter­ness to­ward them. Chil­dren, obey your par­ents in ev­ery­thing, for this is—pleas­ing to the Lord. Fa­thers, do not pro­voke your chil­dren,

so they may not be­come dis­cour­aged. (Colos­sians 3:12-21)


Each year Je­sus’ par­ents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up ac­cord­ing to fes­ti­val cus­tom. Af­ter they had com­pleted its days, as they were re­turn­ing, the boy Je­sus re­mained be­hind in Jerusalem, but his par­ents did not know it. Think­ing that he was in the car­a­van, they jour­neyed for a day and looked for him among their rel­a­tives and ac­quain­tances, but not find­ing him, they re­turned to Jerusalem to look for him. Af­ter three days they found him in the tem­ple, sit­ting in the midst of the teach­ers, lis­ten­ing to them and ask­ing them ques­tions, and all who heard him were as­tounded at his un­der­stand­ing and his an­swers. When his par­ents saw him, they were as­ton­ished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your fa­ther and I have been look­ing for you with great anx­i­ety.” And he said to them, “Why were you look­ing for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Fa­ther’s house?” But they did not un­der­stand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obe­di­ent to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Je­sus ad­vanced in wis­dom and age and fa­vor be­fore God and man. (Luke 2:41-52)

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