Click here to download and listen to this homily (16 minutes) given by Fr Thomas Weise at St Catherine of Siena Parish in Petersburg, Alaska. The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph does not show us perfection and everything going smoothly, instead even in exile in Egypt they show us how to love and be loved. In the 3rd chapter of letter to the Colossians we are given the how to live as a (w)Holy Family. "Put on, as God's Chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 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. And over all these put on Love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control you hearts, the peace into which you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly."
Readings: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Psalm 128; Colossians 3:12-21; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23.