Advent WreathThe Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Intention: That all people will be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we discern how best to build God’s Kingdom and heal our broken world.



Today’s Gospel | 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.  When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us?  Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”  And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me?  Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them.  He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.  And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.

From the Meditation for Saint John the Evangelist | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

If Saint John was much loved by Jesus, he also loved Jesus very much. The first sign he gave of this love was that he gave up everything in order to follow him.

If Saint John followed Jesus to Mount Tabor, where he manifested his glory to his Apostles, he also accompanied him to Calvary, where he appeared as an object of malediction, although all the other disciples had abandoned him. He was, then, the only Apostle who followed Christ even to death, for he wanted to be the witness of his sufferings right up to the end.

He was also the first to be at the tomb of Jesus Christ, to make sure of the truth of his Resurrection and to be able afterward to announce it to the others.

See what his tender love made Saint John do to respond to the love of Jesus for him. Reflect often that because Jesus gave himself entirely to us and for us, we too must give ourselves totally to him, do everything for him, and not seek ourselves in anything. Our whole care ought to be to detach ourselves from all things in order to attach ourselves to God alone, because nothing is equal to him and he is the only one to whom we can securely give our hearts.


Eternal Father, on this day that we remember the Holy Family Jesus, may we hold them as a model of how to live with faith, love and respect.  Open our eyes so that we can see that we, too, are one family, sharing this life and this earth as our home.  May we live together in peace and justice, ready to love one another and glad to do your will.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.