The Gospel Today
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast
and when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
they journeyed for a day
and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him,
they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
“Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
“Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor
before God and man.
Reflection (Sem. Eric Yabut)
“The family that prays together stays together.” The first time I saw this saying in television was when I was in Grade 3. It became my greatest dream, to be able to pray together with my family or just simply to go to church together. But being a product of a broken home, how could that happen? When I was young, no one from the members of my family accompanied me in going to church. However, as I grew older, some changes happened – my mom accompanied me in attending the Holy Mass and she has kept going to Church every Sunday after that.
Truly, God’s grace is abundant. Now that I am inside the seminary, many surprises have come my way. During one of my home weekends, while I was having my night prayer inside my grandmother’s room, my mom entered and she prayed with me. After we prayed, I asked my mom what her prayer was all about. She told me that she prayed for me, she prayed for my priestly vocation. That was meaningful for me because it was different from her previous prayers before I entered seminary. Previously, she prayed that my mind would change and that I would not push through with my seminary plans.
God’s works and miracles really amaze me. The changes He brought to our family are a great manifestation that He is really here. His greatness and love really endure forever.