The Boy Jesus in the Temple

December 19, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

SIR 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1 SM 1:20-22, 24-28 PS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 or PS 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10 COL 3:12-21 or COL 3:12-17 or 1 JN 3:1-2, 21-24

Explore the Sunday Gospel


LK 2:41-52

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,

and when he was twelve years old,

they went up according to festival custom.

After they had completed its days, as they were returning,

the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,

but his parents did not know it.

Thinking that he was in the caravan,

they journeyed for a day

and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,

but not finding him,

they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.

After three days they found him in the temple,

sitting in the midst of the teachers,

listening to them and asking them questions,

and all who heard him were astounded

at his understanding and his answers.

When his parents saw him,

they were astonished,

and his mother said to him,

“Son, why have you done this to us?

Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”

And he said to them,

“Why were you looking for me?

Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

But they did not understand what he said to them.

He went down with them and came to Nazareth,

and was obedient to them;

and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor

before God and man.


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St. Reparata (Feast Day October 8) 

c. Third Century 

St. Reparata was born in the third century in Caesarea, a Roman Province of Palestine. She was baptized at a very young age and arrested and tortured for her faith at the age of eleven during the persecution of Decius. Her persecutors tried to burn her alive, but she was saved by a shower of rain and miraculously emerged unharmed. She was then forced to drink boiling tar. When she again refused to renounce her faith, she was decapitated. Her legend states that immediately upon dying a dove appeared to symbolize the departure of her spirit to heaven. Later elaborations of her legend state that her body was laid in a boat and blown by the breath of angels to the bay now known as the Baie des Anges in Nice. 


She is the patron saint of Nice, France and a co-patron saint of Florence (with St. Zenobius). The former Cathedral of Santa Reparata in Florence was dedicated to her. Sainte-Réparate Cathedral, in Nice, is also dedicated to her. The city of Florence holds a celebration in honor of St.Reparata each year on October 8 in commemoration of its deliverance from the Ostrogoths in 406, which they attribute to the intercession of St. Reparata. 


Take time to chat

  • What would it have been like for Mary and Joseph to realize that Jesus was missing?
  • Why do you think Jesus called the temple “his Father’s house”?
  • What is your favorite thing to do at church?
  • God worked miracles in the life of St. Reparata. Share a time when you saw God’s hand at work in your life.


Recipe of the week

Roasted Chickpeas

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were on a long journey for the feast of Passover. Enjoy this protein-packed snack to give you energy during the Christmas season!

2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

2 Tbsp. olive oil


any additional spices you want

Preheat oven to 400 F. Drain chickpeas and rinse. Dry on a kitchen towel and remove any loose peels. Cover the chickpeas with the olive oil in a bowl. Spread on a baking sheet and sprinkle generously with salt. Cook for 20 minutes or until crisp. Add any additional spices you would like over the chickpeas. These make a great snack. They can also be used on top of soups or salads.


Family Fun

Create a Comic Book

In today’s Gospel, we hear how Mary kept memories in her heart. Capture some of your favorite family stories in a creative way by designing a family comic book. Have each family member draw a different family story as if it were in a comic book. Share your stories with one another and assemble them in chronological order into a “book.” Keep the book until next year’s feast of the Holy Family!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer for Families

We bless your name, O Lord,

for sending your own incarnate Son,

to become part of a family,

so that, as he lived its life,

he would experience its worries and its joys.

We ask you, Lord,

to protect and watch over this family,

so that in the strength of your grace

its members may enjoy prosperity,

possess the priceless gift of your peace,

and, as the Church alive in the home,

bear witness in this world to your glory.

We ask this thought Christ our Lord.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

In what way is your church “your Father’s house”?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Just as Mary did, reflect on the past year and share your most memorable family moment.

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Fun Facts!

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The feast of the Holy Family was instituted to encourage Christian families to model the faithful love and devotion of the Holy Family. Although major feast days dedicated to each member of the Holy Family—Jesus, Mary, and Joseph—also exist, the Feast of the Holy Family commemorates their life together, and the celebration focuses on religious family life.