On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: December 30, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We are all one family under God. Yet each one of us are born into a family to love, cherish and lead one another into holiness and in union with the Lord our God.

Where is the family unity when we are preoccupied with our own individual busyness of life? Putting the World first! Seeking pleasures and happiness through our worldly goals, ambitions. Continuing to do puts a rift within the family, soon you will find the gap so wide that bridging it would impossible for you.

Put the Lord God first in your life and your family will be blessed because you will be blessed, and they are blessed through your obedience and love for God our Father.

May the Holy Family continue to inspire and lead us all closer and deeper in love. Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us. Amen

First reading
Ecclesiasticus 3:3-7,14-17

The Lord honours the father in his children, and upholds the rights of a mother over her sons. Whoever respects his father is atoning for his sins,
he who honours his mother is like someone amassing a fortune. Whoever respects his father will be happy with children of his own, he shall be heard on the day when he prays. Long life comes to him who honours his father, he who sets his mother at ease is showing obedience to the Lord.
My son, support your father in his old age, do not grieve him during his life. Even if his mind should fail, show him sympathy, do not despise him in your health and strength;
for kindness to a father shall not be forgotten but will serve as reparation for your sins.

Matthew 2:13-15,19-23

After the wise men had left, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and do away with him.’ So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, left that night for Egypt, where he stayed until Herod was dead. This was to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet:

I called my son out of Egypt.

After Herod’s death, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother with you and go back to the land of Israel, for those who wanted to kill the child are dead.’ So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, went back to the land of Israel. But when he learnt that Archelaus had succeeded his father Herod as ruler of Judaea he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he left for the region of Galilee. There he settled in a town called Nazareth. In this way the words spoken through the prophets were to be fulfilled:

‘He will be called a Nazarene.’

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