Sunday, 31 December 2017 : Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : White

Luke 2 : 22-40

When the day came for the purification according to the law of Moses, they brought the Baby up to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord : Every firstborn male shall be consecrated to God. And they offered a sacrifice, as ordered in the law of the Lord : a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

There lived in Jerusalem at this time a very upright and devout man named Simeon; the Holy Spirit was in him. He looked forward to the time when the Lord would comfort Israel, and he had been assured, by the Holy Spirit, that he would not die before seeing the Messiah of the Lord. So he was led into the Temple by the Holy Spirit at the time the parents brought the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the Law.

Simeon took the Child in his arms, and blessed God, saying, “Now, o Lord, You can dismiss Your servant in peace, for You have fulfilled Your word and my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You display for all the people to see. Here is the Light You will reveal to the nations, and the glory of Your people Israel.”

His father and mother wondered at what was said about the Child. Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, His mother, “Know this : your Son is a Sign, a Sign established for the falling and rising of many in Israel, a Sign of contradiction; and a sword will pierce your own soul, so that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.”

There was also a prophetess named Anna, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. After leaving her father’s home, she had been seven years with her husband, and since then she had been continually about the Temple, serving God as a widow night and day in fasting and prayer. She was now eighty-four. Coming up at that time, she gave praise to God, and spoke of the Child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.

When the parents had fulfilled all that was required by the law of the Lord, they returned to their town, Nazareth in Galilee. There the Child grew in stature and strength, and was filled with wisdom: the grace of God was upon Him.

2 thoughts on “Sunday, 31 December 2017 : Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Gospel Reading)

  1. Hello! The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Please I just read the Sunday reading and I saw that the first and second readings were taken from Cycle A while the Gospel was taken from Cycle B. Please can you explain why it happened like that? Cycle A readings: First reading: Sirach 3:2-6. 12-14 Psalm 127:1-2.3.4-5 Second reading: Colossians 3:12-21 Gospel: Matthew 2:13-15.19-23

    Cycle B readings. First reading: Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3 Psalm 105:1-2.3-4.5-6.8-9 Second reading: Hebrews 11:8.11-12,17-19 Gospel: Luke 2:22-40

    Thank you. Yours faithfully Leonard Ayim.

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    • Hi, thanks for the notification. The Cycle A readings for First and Second readings are also the default readings if the Feast of the Holy Family does not takes place on a Sunday (30 December). Nonetheless, as we are now in Cycle B, yes, the readings from Cycle B should be used.

      Nevertheless, as in any liturgical celebrations the Lectionary should be the main reference, and this blog does not in any way intend to replace the Lectionary, the readings posted here are just for spiritual discernment and guide along to the main Lectionary.

      Thanks! May God’s peace be with you.


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