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 fails, 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.
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and
dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever
grievances you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 And over all these virtues put on love, that is,
the bond of perfection.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since
as members of one body you were called to peace.
And be thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you
teach and admonish one another with all wisdom,
and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks
to God the Father through Him.
Rules for Christian Households and the Workplace
18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in
19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh
20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for
this pleases the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they
will become discouraged.
22 Slaves (workers), obey your earthly masters (bosses)
in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on
you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart
and reverence for the Lord.
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men,
24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance
from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you
25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong,
and there is no favoritism.
The Boy Jesus at the Temple (Jesus worries His parents)
41 Every year His parents went to Jerusalem for the
Feast of the Passover.
42 When He was twelve years old, they went up to the
Feast, according to the custom.
43 After the Feast was over, while His parents were
returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in
Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
44 Thinking He was in their company (group), they
traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for
Him among their relatives and friends.
45 When they did not find Him, they went back to
Jerusalem to look for Him.
46 After three days they found Him in the temple
courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them
and asking them questions.
47 Everyone who heard Him was amazed at His
understanding and His answers.
48 When His parents saw Him, they were astonished.
His mother said to Him, "Son, why have you treated
us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously
searching for You."
49 "Why were you searching for Me?" He asked.
"Didn't you know I had to be in My Father's house?"
50 But they did not understand what He was saying
51 Then He went down to Nazareth with them and
was obedient to them. But His mother treasured all
these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in
favor with God and men.