இந்த இணையதளத்திலுள்ள புத்தகங்கள் தங்களின் தனி பயன்பாட்டுக்கு மட்டுமே. வேறு தளங்களில் பகிர்வதற்கும், புத்தகமாக்குவதற்கும் அனுமதி இல்லை.

The Feast of The Holy Family- Jesus, Mary, Joseph

 Genesis 15:1-6, 21:1-3, Psalm 104:1-6,8-9,

2nd Reading: Heb 11:8,11-12,17-19

Gospel: Luke 2:22-40.

In the first reading we see God’s promise fulfilled. Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless.

The word of the Lord came to him, And he brought him abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said to him, So shall thy seed be.”

And he believed in the Lord; the Lord visited Sarah 

She conceived, and Abraham a son was born to her in his old age. Abraham called the name of his son Isaac.

The Psalmist Praises the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. 

Faith comes to the fore in second Reading: 

“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went. 

By faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because of the promise.  

In the Gospel the Law of Moses is obeyed:

Joseph and Mary took him [Jesus], to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the Law of the Lord: 

“Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord” and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

Now they met Simeon, a devout man. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 

When the parents brought in the child Jesus, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 

For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 

a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 

Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and  rising of many in Israel, and a sign that will be spoken so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.

And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was eighty-four years old; she was a widow,. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.

Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 

And the child Jesus grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him. 

Today as we celebrate the Holy Family. We share God’s life, God’s love, the dignity that goes with being children of God. And there’s nothing that we can do to spoil that. 

Jesus came to teach us how to live, by living for us.

The first thing Jesus teaches is that God takes on humanity, becomes one with us. 

We are forever linked with the Son of God as one family.

God willed to be born and to grow up in a human family. In this way, He has consecrated the family as the first and ordinary way of His encounter with humanity.

During His life in Nazareth, Jesus honored the Virgin Mary and Joseph, being subject to their authority during the whole time of His infancy and adolescence [Luke 2:51-52]. In this way, He made evident the primary value of the family in the education of a person. 

Jesus was introduced to the religious community by Mary and Joseph, frequenting the synagogue of Nazareth. 

We say our Father, because the Father is God and God loves us as a father loves his children.

Continue praying “Standing in the Gap,” the Rosary, Chaplets, Pray for Priests, eventhough we have lockdown our hearts are open, our Churches are open, visit The Tabernacle, the Crib and when possible sit in front of the Eucharistic Jesus- He will never fail us as we are obedient and come with faith and an open heart, all is possible with the Lord.