Sunday, December 30

Gospel for the Feast of the Holy Family—Luke 2:41-52

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. 

  • What strikes you in this event of Jesus’ life?
  • Give its implications some quiet time and thought.
  • What is God’s call you to today?


Heritage word—“It remains true today as it always was that to bring God to the world, one must be rooted in God.

(Sister Mary Arthur, 7thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

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