All in the Family

Readings for Sunday, December 27 — The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28; Psalm 128: 1-5; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52

Suggested Reflection Question:

  • When have you felt like you were part of the family of God? How do you welcome others into God’s family?

  • The psalm today is about prosperity. Why do you think this theme is included in the Christmas season of the Church?

  • In Luke, Jesus leaves Mary and Joseph to go to “his Father’s house” to learn and teach. What family transitions have you experienced as you’ve grown into young adulthood? What joys or challenges have accompanied them?

  • How do the instructions in Colossians — to “put on … heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another” help you in your interactions with family members during the Christmas season and throughout the year?