December 31, 2017: Born Into a Family of Faith
Today we celebrate the feast of The Holy Family within the Christmas season. The Liturgy begins with part of the story of Abraham and Sarah. Isaac is born to them. This is the beginning of the family of faith that continues to our day.
The gospel narrates the story of the presentation of the child Jesus in the temple by Mary and Joseph. In the temple they encounter two elderly wisdom figures, Simeon and Anna. This canticle in put on the lips of Simeon. It appears in the Night Prayer of the Church.
Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.
Reflect on how your experience of the family of faith helps your eyes to "see" God's salvation.