The Bible is not particularly sentimental about families. What makes a family holy, as far as the biblical writers are concerned, is its willingness to surrender to the purpose of God. We see this in a number of key figures, including Joseph, Abraham, and Hannah.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Sirach 3:2-5, 12-14 or Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3
Psalm – Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 or Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Reading 2 – Colossians 3:12-21 or Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19
Gospel – Luke 2:22-40