27 December 2020

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Today  the Church celebrates the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph . The assigned readings are Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Colossians 3:12-21; and Luke 2:22-40. The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 105 (Psalm 105:1-6, 8-9).

For one version of the Responsorial Psalm set to music, please visit:

YouTube: Lectionary Psalms, Year B: No. 5, Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

The Gospel reading is as follows:

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord," and to offer the sacrifice of "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons," in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: "Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel."

The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted - and you yourself a sword will pierce - so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Reflections on these readings:

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sunday Reflections: Fourth Sunday of Advent December 20, 2020

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sundays Salesian: Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (December 27, 2020)

Crossroads Initiative : Holy Family Feast - Piety in the 21st Century?

St. Paul Center: Our True Home: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family

Magis Center for Catholic Spirituality: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College: This Sunday, Jesus Reconfigures Family Life (24 DEC 20)

Word on Fire: What Makes a Family Holy?

National Catholic Register: Sunday Guide: The Holy Family Teaches Us That Love of Neighbor Begins at Home (21 DEC 20) 

Spirituality of the Readings: In the Shade? (The Holy Family B) 

In Exile: The Family as Church and Religious Community (The Holy Family B) 

Glancing Thoughts: 
Peace, Consolation, and Glory (The Holy Family B)

The Perspective of Justice: The Good of the Family (The Holy Family B) 

Let the Scriptures Speak: It Takes a Covenant to Raise a Family (The Holy Family B) 

The Word Encountered: God Made Flesh (The Holy Family B) 

Historical Cultural Context: Children of God (The Holy Family B) 

Thoughts from the Early Church: Commentary by Cyril of Alexandria (The Holy Family B)

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