Gn 15: 1-6; 21: 1-3 As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family this year let us spare a thought for all those families suffering in the midst of wars and the effects of wars. We may be struggling with all sorts of things but at least we are not refugees in a crowded camp in the middle of nowhere. We may be divide through choice of work or even broken relationships but we do not have the worry of where our loved ones are in the midst of a war zone.

Jesus, help me to be thankful for the gift of my family no matter what the challenges we have to face at this time. Let me be grateful for the blessings and work generously to overcome the difficulties.

Heb 11: 8. 11-12. 17-19 Family is a gift from God. It is not a right! We live in an age when so many think they are entitled to whatever they want. This is not the case. There will always be those couples who cannot physically have children – their challenge, and it may be a difficult one, is to discover other ways to demonstrate their love for children through adoption or other means. Let us pray that difficulties do not lead us to despair but that we are always able to find our path through faith in Christ.

Jesus, be with childless couples in their sadness and pain. Help them to be able to discover the other options that may be open to them in order to share the love they have for the prospect of children.

Lk 2: 22-40 I love the prayer of Simeon. It demonstrates a great faith that began with trust and expectation and is now consummated with the sight and experience of its fulfilment. Herein lies the challenge for each of our lives of faith. Are we up to the task in the manner of Simeon? Do we have what it takes to trust in the Word of God and believe it even while it is in flux in our lives? I hope so as this is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus – always moving forward to the fulfilment and culmination of God’s will for our lives.

Holy Spirit, help me to grow in faith as I reflect upon the words of Simeon today. Help me to see that my faith is always in the process of becoming through trust and hope in the promises of God.