Lectionary Reflections: Feast of the Holy Family [c] December 27, 2015

Engaging Faith | Mon, Dec 21, 2015

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Feast of the Holy Family [c]

December 27, 2015


Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28

Colossians 3:12-21 or Colossians 3:12-17 (See note below.)

Luke 2:41-52



December 26 – January 1: Kwanza

December 28: Feast of the Holy Innocents

January 1: World Day of Prayer for Peace

January 1: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

January 3: Epiphany of the Lord 

January 3 – 9: National Migration Week



Learning to practice the virtue of solidarity means that “loving our neighbor” has global dimensions in an interdependent world.

-U.S. Bishops, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions

 To overcome today's individualistic mentality, a concrete commitment to solidarity and charity is needed, beginning in the family.

-John Paul II, The Hundredth Year, 49

The solidarity which binds all people together as members of a common family makes it impossible for wealthy nations to look with indifference upon the hunger, misery and poverty of other nations whose citizens are unable to enjoy even elementary human rights. The nations of the world are becoming more and more dependent on one another and it will not be possible to preserve a lasting peace so long as glaring economic and social imbalances persist.

-John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, 157

… violence against any person is contrary to Jesus' gospel message to "love one another as I have loved you." When violence toward women is tolerated, it helps to set the stage for violent acts against other groups as well.

-Bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family Life, When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women

It is so important to listen! Husbands and wives need to communicate to bring happiness and serenity to family life. 

-Pope Francis @Pontifex, December 16, 2014

Laying down one’s life out of love is not easy. … I think of all those parents, all those families who lack employment or workers’ rights, and how this is a true cross. How many sacrifices they make to earn their daily bread! It is understandable that, when these parents return home, they are so weary that they cannot give their best to their children.  I think of all those families which lack housing or live in overcrowded conditions. Families which lack the basics to be able to build bonds of closeness, security and protection from troubles of any kind.  I think of all those families which lack access to basic health services.

-Pope Francis, Visit to Philadelphia, September 26, 2015 


Thoughts for Your Consideration

Catholic Social Teaching invites all the people of our world to live in solidarity. The verses from Sirach about care for parents remind us of our social responsibility for one another both within our families and within the worldwide human family.


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