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First Reading for the Feast of the Holy Family Year B

Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14

Summary: God values the honor given to parents. Respecting a father leads to forgiveness of sins, answered prayers, and a joyful life with one's children. Caring for parents in old age, even in mental decline, is crucial. This kindness is never forgotten and counterbalances sins, building a foundation of justice.

Respect for Parents

God sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons. Whoever honors his father atones for sins, and preserves himself from them. When he prays, he is heard; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children, and, when he prays, is heard. Whoever reveres his father will live a long life; he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.

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 of him; revile him not all the days of his life; kindness to a father will not be forgotten, firmly planted against the debt of your sins – a house raised in justice to you.

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