Both the 1st Reading and the Gospel detail stories of rejection: Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers for 20 pieces of silver and Jesus explains how the tenants kill the vineyard owner’s son. Yet in both cases the reality of rejection is transformed and redeemed by God’s grace. May we face our moments of rejection with the power of our faith in Christ, that God will work in our lives to bring about good.
Family. That group of people we did not pick (God did) who are with us throughout the course of our lives. Some people come from big families, others are tiny. Every family has history, blessings, struggles, and unique qualities. Parts of family life are messy – parts are bliss.
The same is true for the Holy Family. A close reading of the scriptures shows the following:
Homeless, yet visited by Angels, Shepherds, and Wise Men
Persecuted, yet guided by the Angel Gabriel
Frantic with a lost child (3 Days!), yet amazed by his discovery in the Temple
Touched by sorrow and death, yet blessed with Love, Joy, and Peace
And God was with them. Good times and bad, they carried on with the strength of the Heavenly Father who bestowed on them their Son.
May we do the same. In the ups and downs of our families we renew ourselves in the Lord (who really does understand family life) and trust that Christ will guide us in love.
Holy Family, Matthias Stom. Circa 1640; oil on canvas; 945mm x 1245mm; Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya; Barcelona, Spain.