Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Holy Family

A simple prayer card with a picture of the Holy Family. There was something about the sleeping child on Mary's shoulder that caught my attention. A child like this is completely at repose, fully trustful of the person who is holding them.
To think that God put his own son into the hands of a human being, a woman, and gave him to her in complete trust.  This woman would give birth to him, nurse him, teach him to walk, teach him to talk, and shape him in his human character. And the ever present Joseph about whom we don't know much. But just think, this boy Jesus would probably hold his food the same way that Joseph did, he would certainly work with wood in the same way, and he would even speak with the same accent and tone of voice.
For Jesus must have resembled Joseph: in his way of working, in the features of his character, in his way of speaking. Jesus' realism, his eye for detail, the way he sat at table and broke bread, his preference for using everyday situations to give doctrine - all this reflects his childhood and the influence of Joseph. -Blessed Jose Maria Escriva 

A woman whom God trusted with the entire care of his own son. A man whom God trusted to care for both the mother and the child.

When we get a sense of this mystery, we begin to understand God's plan for our salvation is based on the family. Even God provided a human family for his son.

No comments: