The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph - Feast

Saint Luke 2:22-40
by Daily Gospel | Source: Daily Gospel
Book of Sirach 3:2-7.12-14. 

For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a mother's authority he confirms over her sons. 
He who honors his father atones for sins; 
he stores up riches who reveres his mother. 
He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard. 
He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the LORD who brings comfort to his mother. 
He who fears the LORD honors his father, and serves his parents as rulers. 
My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. 
Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength. 
For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, it will serve as a sin offering--it will take lasting root. 

Psalms 128(127):1-2.3.4-5. 

A song of ascents. Happy are all who fear the LORD, who walk in the ways of God. 
What your hands provide you will enjoy; you will be happy and prosper: 
Like a fruitful vine your wife within your home, Like olive plants your children around your table. 
Just so will they be blessed who fear the LORD. 

May the LORD bless you from Zion, all the days of your life That you may share Jerusalem's joy 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 2:22-40. 

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, 
just as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord," 
and to offer the sacrifice of "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons," in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. 
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. 
He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, 
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: 
Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation, 
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, 
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel."
The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; 
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted 
(and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, 
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. 
And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. 
When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.





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