This weekend is Saturday the 28th and Sunday 29th of December, the Feast of the Holy Family.

O Lord, my heart is not proud.  As I enter into prayer now, can I put aside for a moment my pride, any sense of self-importance I may have, and place myself humbly into the hands of my God, who knows all my faults and failings and loves me still?

Today’s reading is from the Book of Ecclesiasticus.

Take a few moments now to contemplate this family, the holy family we celebrate today. The Mother Mary, the Father Joseph and their new born baby Jesus...

Now take some time to think of your own family as big or small as it might be, as close or distant as it might be, it is yours.

How do you think of your family? Do you focus on the things that could be better? Or do you focus on a particular person? Or something else?

What feelings does this word “honour” stir up in you?

As you hear the reading again hold the images of the Holy Family and you family in your mind.

As today’s prayer time comes to an end, bring all your thoughts and feelings before the Lord.