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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 31, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17
Luke 2:41-52

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Every year, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family, on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas.

In order for us to see how The Holy Family encountered problems just like other families, the Gospel passage chosen for this Sunday is about Jesus' boyhood years. Being God's divine Son did not prevent Jesus, however, from acting with all the inexperience and spontaneous behavior of any normal twelve-year-old.

Fascinated with the learned teachers He found in the Temple, He doesn't think about the terror that "being missing" might cause His parents and rather naively asks, "Didn't you realize I had to be in my Father's house?"

What Jesus did after that, is really the great gospel lesson. Seeing how upset His parents were, He promptly left the Temple, humbly bowed to their authority and obediently went back to Nazareth where He "advanced in age and grace and wisdom."

The second reading gives a great and simple recipe for successful family relationships. It is: just love one another and keep the commandments! Of course, simple solutions are often the hardest to accept. Yet, our families would find our disagreements, resentments and stressful relationships much easier to solve or bear if we followed the simple loving example of the Holy Family. That is: love and obedience--first to God, then to each other as our responsibilities and state in life demand.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)

Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, December 31, 2006

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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