Sunday, December 31, 2023
The readings for the Feast of the Holy Family for Year B focus on the importance of family. The first reading (Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14) tells of the wisdom and justice in honoring fathers. The alternate first reading (Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3), God promises that Abraham and Sarah will have a son. The psalm (Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5) sings “Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.” The alternate psalm (Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9) reminds us that “The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.” The second reading (Colossians 3:12-21) tells us how to live together as families. The alternate for the second reading (Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19) recalls the story of Abraham and Sarah. And in the gospel (Luke 2:22-40) Joseph and Mary take the infant Jesus to Jerusalem for the ritual of purification. There they meet Simeon and Anna, who both speak about Jesus’ future.
So the topics for this weekend could include what it means to be a member of God’s family. Different types of families – biological families, faith families, intentional families – could also be discussed. Here are some ideas: