Intention: That with a new year will come a new spirit in all people as we discern how to work together to heal our broken world by building the Kingdom of God.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 2: 22, 39-40
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.
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.
From What We Have Done or Failed to Do for God This Year | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Have you often reflected during this year that because God gives you life and helps you perform all your actions, all of them ought to be consecrated to him and that you do him injury when you do them for any other purpose except for him? Has it been your sole aim, as it was Saint Paul’s, not to live or to act any longer except for God? Like him, have you been in the disposition not to make God’s grace useless in you? It has been useless, no doubt, every time your actions have not been done for love of him. In the future act, as Saint Paul says, in a manner that will be worthy of God, striving to please him in all things.
Eternal Father, on the day that we remember the Holy Family, 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 to gladly 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.