Intention: That with a new year will come a new spirit in all people that inspires us to work together to heal our broken world with compassion, peace, and justice.
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 First Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
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, on this day that we remember the Holy Family, we pray that we will embrace the example that they have given us. May we hold them as a model of how to live with one another in 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.