Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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Today is the Feast of the Holy Family, always the Sunday after Christmas. All of the readings today talk about family. In the Gospel reading from Luke 2, we read about the finding of the child Jesus in the temple.

In this crazy year, maybe you were not able to spend time with family. If you were not able to be near physically, I hope that you shared the love that is part of being a family.

Most of us would probably not think of our family as “holy.” But the family is a divine institution. Your family is holy not because of the actions of its members (for most of us, many of those actions could be very unholy), but because it has been created by God. The same is true of the Church. While all of her members are sinners, the Church is holy because she was instituted by God. So, though it may be difficult to do, let us each look at our family as holy, and strive to imitate the perfect example of family, the Holy Family.

Father, we thank you for the gift of family. Help us to be holy, as you have created us and called us to be. Amen.

Today's Readings


  • Carl: December 28, 2021

    Merry Christmas Gus! Thank you for your daily messages of faith and guidance.

    We became acquainted with OLL (Our Lady of Lourdes) and their daily live-streaming of Mass with the onset of COVID. Even when access to Mass returned in our own parish, we continued to check in with them (much as we do with you) for added insight in Scripture.

    Though the picture and sound quality today are not as professional as they usually are, I thought the Homily (at the 10:05 mark) by Msgr. Lisante was beautiful and worth sharing.

    God bless you!🙏🙏🙏

  • Robert, California: December 28, 2021

    Thank you, Gus! In this holy season, we need to remember that!

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