Icon of the Holy Family. Adoration Chapel, St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Decatur, GA.

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Intention:  That, in this Octave of Christmas, our Church will continue to find ways to be the Body of Christ and his Good News to all of the world.


Today’s Gospel | Matthew 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.

From the First Meditation for the Time of Retreat| Saint John Baptist de La Salle

It is characteristic of the providence of God and of his vigilance over human conduct to substitute for fathers and mothers persons who have enough knowledge and zeal to bring children to the knowledge of God and of his mysteries.  According to the grace of Jesus Christ, that God has given to them, they are like good architects who give all possible care and attention to lay the foundation of religion and Christian piety in the hearts of these children, a great number of whom would otherwise be abandoned.  You, then, whom God has called to this ministry, work according to the grace that has been given to you to instruct by teaching and to exhort by encouraging those who are entrusted to your care, guiding them with attention and vigilance, in order to fulfill toward them the principal duty of fathers and mothers toward their children.


Eternal Father, you created us to know the fullness of your blessings. And just as we have received those blessings and tried to use them well, we also have sinned and fallen short of your will for us. So, in your wisdom and mercy, you sent to us your Son, that we might be redeemed and live in right relationship with you and with each other.  You humbled yourself for us.  Teach us to humble ourselves for each other.  You have redeemed us. Teach us to be redeemed. You have loved us. Teach us to love. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

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