Feast of the Holy Family
Sunday after the Epiphany
Epistle • Colossians 3:12-17
Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Colossians.
[All whatsoever you do in word or work, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Jesus Christ Our Lord. says St. Paul to the Colossians and to the Church.]
Brethren, Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience: bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection: and let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Gospel • Luke 2:42-52
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke
[The Divine Child Jesus sits in the midst of the doctors who are astonished at His wisdom and His answers. Humility of Jesus. Greatness of Jesus in the Temple and His submission to Mary and Joseph.]
When Jesus was twelve years old, They going up into Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast, and having fulfilled the days, when They returned, the Child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and His parents knew it not. And thinking that He was in the company, They came a days journey, and sought Him among Their kinsfolk and acquaintances. And not finding Him, They returned into Jerusalem, seeking Him. And it came to pass that after three days They found Him in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions. And all that heard Him were astonished at His wisdom and His answers.
And seeing Him They wondered. And His Mother said to Him: Son, why hast Thou done so to us? Behold Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing. And He said to them: How is it that You sought Me? Did You not know that I must be about My Fathers business? And They understood not the word that He spoke unto Them. And He went down with Them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to Them. And His Mother kept all these words in Her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace with God and men.