Sunday, December 26, 2021
The readings for the Feast of the Holy Family for Year C focus on consecration, holiness, and sacred spaces. In the first reading (Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14) we hear about honoring our fathers. The alternate first reading (1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28) tells of how Samuel was dedicated to the Lord by his mother Hannah. The psalm (Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5) speaks of family as a blessing. The alternate psalm (Psalm 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10) speaks of the beauty of God’s dwelling place. In the second reading (Colossians 3:12-21) we hear that love is the perfect bond. The alternate second reading (1 John 3:1-2, 21-24) we are told that we are children of God. The gospel (Luke 2:41-52) the story when the Holy Family went to Jerusalem and Jesus was lost and then found at the temple, which he called his “Father’s house”.
This is a good time to think about our own sacred spaces – our church, our prayer space at home, and even the earth. Here are some ideas: