30 December [Holy Family]
Mt 2:13-15, 19-23

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and  his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I  tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to  destroy him." Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "Out of Egypt I have called my son."

François Mauriac (1885 – 1970), the French novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, wrote the following: “The open door through which, on the paternal side, a torrent of heredities submerges us, opens for this child upon infinite Being: upon the Father.  From this source he inherits an ocean of divinity while we sinners reap the hidden passions of the dead of our race: a sinister torchlight procession in which each man leaves after him the torches that will consume his descendants and whose flames will end by setting fire to a world vowed to murder and to abominable vices.  O Lord who have escaped this heritage under which we groan and weep… have mercy upon the madness of those who sometimes awaken in an abyss into which they fell long before their birth.  To be near you I will become a child.  There is neither death nor old age for those who love you….

 

 
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This page gives a very brief commentary by Donagh O’Shea on the gospel reading for each day of the month. 

 

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