The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Intention: That with a new year will come a new spirit in all people as we discern how best to work together to heal our broken world by building the Kingdom of God.

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 Meditation on 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 this day that we remember the Holy Family, may we hold them as a model of how to live our lives together.  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, always treating each other with faith, love and respect.  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.