The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph: 1st Reading

Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14

God sets a father in honor over his children;
      a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.
   Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
      and preserves himself from them.
   When he prays, he is heard;
      he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
   Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,
      and, when he prays, is heard.
   Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;
      he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.

   My son, take care of your father when he is old;
      grieve him not as long as he lives.
   Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him;
      revile him not all the days of his life;
   kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
      firmly planted against the debt of your sins
      —a house raised in justice to you.