Presentation of the Lord
"Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
he is able to help those who are being tested."
One more thing: Tempted to be a little slack in your parenting? Sometimes I am. I get tired and worn down and think maybe the rules and expectations aren't really that big of a deal. Will it really matter if we miss mass one Sunday? Then I read about Mary and Joseph in today's gospel. They had already travelled to Bethlehem, had a baby in a barn, travelled to Egypt under cover of night, lived in a foreign land until the evil king was dead and then travelled home. And once they were in their homeland did they kick back and relax? No, they went to the temple and were obedient to God and his commands, even after all they had been through. When I'm tempted to let down my guard and not give parenting my best, I know I can turn to Christ to help me with the temptation, and turn to Mary and St. Joseph to inspire me!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the example of Mary and Joseph. Help me to be obedient to you and become the mom you desire me to be. In your precious name I pray, Amen. Mary and Joseph, pray for me.