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The Gift of Family

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Dear Brothers and Sisters a fraternal greeting, and a hug on this day to all families. Today we celebrate a “sacred” and of course, the first thing we ask is: “Were not all families sacred?” “Of course! This is my design, this is my wish, and this is my plan for the world.”


The family is sacred because it is born of God. It predates the state and its laws, and of course, goes before the agreements between the same states or conveniences of companies or human associations. Paul teaches us that all fatherhood comes from God (Eph 3:15) the origin of human life is of the likeness to God, and this is why it is precious that the peace, the goodness and the wisdom of God are abundant here, where His magnificent power has been present.

The second reading today helps us place family life throughout the Christian message. What is the family, which is the profound statement of Paul the apostle? It is the expression of Christian love healing, blessing and fertilizing the origins of human life. Luke’s Gospel invites us to glance, even from a far, the life in Nazareth. What happened to Jesus during those years? Filled with love, Mary and Joseph bring their newborn to the temple where he is consecrated to the Lord, which is the provision to God, since He created all things.

May God bless you and thank you for taking the bulletin to distribute to family and neighbors. Long live the Holy Family! Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe! Long live Christ King!

Living God’s Word

Spend a few quiet moments in prayer, thanking God for calling us to be part of God’s holy family, for giving us at baptism and at confirmation the gift of the Holy Spirit. This Spirit has been poured into our hearts and dwells within us, binding us together.

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Readings for the Week

Monday: 1 Jn 2:3-11; Ps 96:1-3, 5b-6; Lk 2:22-35
Tuesday: 1 Jn 2:12-17; Ps 96:7-10; Lk 2:36-40
Wednesday: 1 Jn 2:18-21; Ps 96:1-2, 11-13; Jn 1:1-18
Thursday: Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21
Friday: 1 Jn 2:22-28; Ps 98:1-4; Jn 1:19-28
Saturday: 1 Jn 2:29 — 3:6; Ps 98:1, 3cd-6; Jn 1:29-34
Sunday: Is 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13; Eph 3:2-3a, 5 -6; Mt 2:1-12

“My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all the peoples.” — Luke 2:30-31

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Monday: Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord; St. Thomas Becket
Tuesday: Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
Wednesday: Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord; St. Sylvester I; New Year’s Eve
Thursday: The Octave of the Nativity of the Lord; Mary, the Holy Mother of God; World Day of Prayer for Peace; New Year’s Day
Friday: Ss. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen; First Friday
Saturday: The Most Holy Name of Jesus; First Saturday