May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Holy Family 1

Learn more about the Holy Family: https://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/media/articles/feast-of-the-holy-family/

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/123016.cfm

When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod had died, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” He rose, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go back there. And because he had been warned in a dream, he departed for the region of Galilee. He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, He shall be called a Nazorean.

Joseph was a true man of God who listened to the messages of the Lord and kept his family safe. He is an example of how all fathers and step-fathers should treat their families. Listen to the Lord, follow His word and protect his family. What kind of father are you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending St. Joseph to protect your Son and His Mother. Joseph is a model for all fathers and I praise those who follow his example. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

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