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Feast of the Holy Family -C- December 30, 2018

1 Samuel 1: 20-2224-28; Psalm 84; Colossians 3: 12-21; Luke 2: 41-52

By: Jude Siciliano, OP

Mini-reflections on the Sunday scripture readings designed for persons on the run. “Faith Book” is also brief enough to be posted in the Sunday parish bulletins people take home.

From today’s I Samuel reading:

Once Samuel was weaned, Hannah brought him with her...and presented him at the temple of the Lord in Shiloh.

From today’s Gospel reading:

Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth....
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favour before God and humans.


Both Jesus and Samuel, despite their awareness of God’s call when they were youths, spent a period of incubation time – Samuel in the Temple and Jesus with his family. The readings suggest two principal places for growth: in family and in religious tradition. Both are places one can learn, "advance in wisdom" and be formed for future service of God.

So, we ask ourselves:

  • Who were the most formative people in our faith formation?
  • How can we express our gratitude for their influence on our lives? By a personal word to them?
  • By cherishing their memory at Eucharist today?


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