29 DEC 2013, Sunday Mass Reading

First Reading: Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14

2 For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.

3 He who honors his father atones for sins;

4 he stores up riches who reveres his mother.

5 He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard.

6 He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the LORD who brings comfort to his mother.

7 He who fears the LORD honors his father, and serves his parents as rulers.

12 My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives.

13 Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength.

14 For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, it will serve as a sin offering–it will take lasting root.

Psalm: Psalm 128:1-5

1 A song of ascents. Happy are all who fear the LORD, who walk in the ways of God.

2 What your hands provide you will enjoy; you will be happy and prosper:

3 Like a fruitful vine your wife within your home, Like olive plants your children around your table.

4 Just so will they be blessed who fear the LORD.

5 May the LORD bless you from Zion, all the days of your life That you may share Jerusalem’s joy

Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,

13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.

14 And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.

15 And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

18 Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives, and avoid any bitterness toward them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord.

21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they may not become discouraged.

Gospel: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

13 When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”

14 Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt.

15 He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

19 When Herod had died, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt

20 and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”

21 He rose, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go back there. And because he had been warned in a dream, he departed for the region of Galilee.

23 He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He shall be called a Nazorean.”

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