Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
June 16, 2024


During the Christmas season from December 24th until the Sunday after Epiphany, we reflect upon the mystery of love that is made visible in the birth and early childhood of Christ.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Reading I : Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14

Those who fear the Lord honor their parents.

  • God appoints parents to care for their children.
  • Whoever honors their parents atones for their sins.
  • Care for parents as they age; be kind and considerate of them.

Reading II : Colossians 3:12-21

Family life in the Lord.

  • Live with heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
  • Forgive one another.
  • Live with gratitude and peace in your heart.

Gospel : Luke 2:22-40

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom.

  • Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem to present him at the Temple.
  • When Simeon held Jesus in his arms, he recognized him as the Messiah.
  • As a child, Jesus grew stronger and he was filled with wisdom.