Friday, December 30, 2016

Reflection: Matthew 2:13-23

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph - Matthew 2:13-23

Today’s Gospel begins with an angel appearing to Joseph in a dream.  The angel tells him: “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you." The angel warns Joseph that Herod is searching for the child and his plan is to kill the child.  

On hearing these words, Joseph immediately took Mary and Jesus and they began the long journey to Egypt.  They stayed in Egypt until they received word of Herod’s death.  Because Joseph was afraid of Herod’s successor, he took Mary and Jesus to Nazareth to fulfill the words of the prophet, “He shall be called a Nazorean.”

Many people in our world fear returning to their homelands due to violence and war.  What can you and I do to make our world more loving and more peace-filled?  Let us to strive to act and respond lovingly to the people and the situations that we encounter as we go about our daily routine today.  We may not be able to change the world, but we can strive to make our "little corner of the world” a more loving and joyful place.   Who knows?  The actions of one person may make your little corner of the world a brighter and more loving place.  

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