Sunday 31 December 2023

About Today Readings

Holy Family

Genesis 15:1–6; 21:1–3. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever – Psalm 104(105):1–6, 8–9. Hebrews 11:8, 11–12, 17–19. Luke 2:22–40.

They took him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord

Closeness in family life is the ideal put before us. But we should not lose heart when any family falls short. In the very first family, Cain murdered his brother, Abel. Esau and Jacob deluding the blind old father, the tactics of Rebecca, and the problems of polygamy in David’s family are also to be remembered.

In an age when broken marriages, divorce and infidelity are common, it is important to ponder on the fact that things are not meant to be like that, that they bring unhappiness, especially for the children.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may our families and family life be strengthened. We pray that the problems that threaten family life here and around the world may, through your continued grace, be overcome.

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