Because God rested on the seventh day, we want to celebrate Sunday
together as a family
Sunday is the day of the Lord in which we remember and give thanks for the
work of creation, his gift of the Holy Spirit, and the joy of our faith.
Celebrating the sacredness of this holy day each week together as a family
strengthens each of us in our vocation to holiness.
From Pope Benedict XVI’s Angelus address given on Dec. 31, 2006.
In the Gospel we do not find discourses on the family but an event which is
worth more than any words: God wanted to be born and to grow up in a human
When he was 12 years old, he stayed behind in the temple and it took his
parents all of three days to find him. With this act he made them understand
that he “had to see to his Father’s affairs,” in other words, to the mission that God
had entrusted to him.
This Gospel episode reveals the most authentic and profound vocation of the
family: that is, to accompany each of its members on the path of the discovery
of God and of the plan that he has prepared for him or her.
Mary and Joseph taught Jesus primarily by their example: In his parents he
came to know the full beauty of faith, of love for God and for his Law, as well as
the demands of justice, which is totally fulfilled in love. …
The Holy Family of Nazareth is truly the “prototype” of every Christian
family which, united in the sacrament of marriage and nourished by the Word
and the Eucharist, is called to carry out the wonderful vocation and mission of
being the living cell not only of society but also of the Church, a sign and
instrument of unity for the entire human race.
1. What does it mean to me to see the rest of the family pray or attend Mass
2. Why might God want me to be a part of this particular family, giving me
these people to love and care for?
3. How can I help my friends and family members discover God’s plan for
them? How might they help me do the same?
Sunday is a special day, a “mini-Easter” during which we celebrate Christ’s
victory over sin and death.
Make the day special by sharing a special meal as a family. You might also
consider planning a Sunday trip to visit an adoration chapel to spend time
together as a family adoring God, truly present to us in the Eucharist.
Scripture Reading of the Month
Psalm 128: 1-6
Happiness comes to families who follow the Lord
Blessed are all who fear the LORD,
and who walk in his ways.
What your hands provide you will enjoy;
you will be blessed and prosper:
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your home,
Your children like young olive plants
around your table.
Just so will the man be blessed
who fears the LORD.
May the LORD
bless you from Zion;
may you see Jerusalem’s prosperity
all the days of your life,
and live to see your children’s children.
Peace upon Israel!