This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. In the gospel reading, we read of the challenges faced by the Holy Family. Joseph listened attentively to what God asked them to do, and he responded by following God’s call. As we seek to grow in holiness, we are asked to do the same. Regardless of the challenges we may face in life, our faith calls us to listen to God and act faithfully.
As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, we pray that our school and parish families may be blessed by God’s unending love, mercy, and peace. May he heal families who face struggles, and may we continue to strive to place God at the center of our lives and our families.
Gospel - Mt 2: 13-15, 19-23
When the magi had departed, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod,
that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
Out of Egypt I called my son.
When Herod had died, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream
to Joseph in Egypt and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel,
for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”
He rose, took the child and his mother,
and went to the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea
in place of his father Herod,
he was afraid to go back there.
And because he had been warned in a dream,
he departed for the region of Galilee.
He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth,
so that what had been spoken through the prophets
might be fulfilled,
He shall be called a Nazorean.