Perhaps our thoughts are very much focussed on the celebration of Christmas Day, but the season of Christmas begins also, and its first Sunday is close at hand.
The first Sunday of Christmas is kept as a feast of the Holy Family.
The Gospel on Sunday comes from Luke’s Gospel, and the Babe of Bethlehem is growing up:
Every year the parents of Jesus used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When they were on their way home after the feast, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They assumed he was with the caravan, and it was only after a day’s journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances. When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking…
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