This is another of those confusing dates if you have one foot in the Novus Ordo and the other in the Extraordinary Form, because the Feast of the Holy Family was celebrated in the New Rite last Sunday.  The Liturgy of the Hours says “When there is no Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, the feast of the Holy Family is celebrated today.” 

So here we are.  The Holy Family is certainly something to celebrate and it serves as a model for all of us.  There are so many things to contemplate–the make-up of the family, the Virgin birth, the mystery surrounding the Child and His conception, the way the King of the Universe was subject to Joseph, the holiness of Joseph and his fidelity, the suffering of Mary, the exile they suffered, etc.  Let us today invoke the Holy Family to pray for our families and all the particular needs of the individual members of our families.

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