Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
December 26, 2021
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28
Psalm 128:1-5 or Psalm 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10
Colossians 3:12-21 or 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24
“After three days they found him in the temple.”
Today’s Gospel story from Luke tells the story of when Jesus became separated from his parents in Jerusalem after the celebration of the Passover. As a parent recalling when my children were young, I can identify with their terror in not finding their young son and their mix of shock and joy in finding him after three days. As my children are now grown, I can also identify with the terror of losing their adult son to a painful, tortuous death after the celebration of the Passover, and then the mix of shock and joy in finding him again after three days.
I pray we all find Christ, whether after three days or at any other point in our own journey. Amen