The point of our Gospel for Holy Family Sunday is to make us see a contrast between Herod, the perfect type of the anti-family man, and Joseph, the selfless protector of Mary and Jesus. Herod’s whole existence was conditioned by and predicated upon what was good for Herod; Joseph’s whole existence and behavior are conditioned by obedience to the Word of God. Herod is out for Herod; Joseph has transcended his own ego. And this makes all the difference!
Reading 1 – Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
Psalm – Psalm 128:1-5
Reading 2 – Colossians 3:12-21
Gospel – Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23