Sunday, 29 December 2013

Holy Family

A family like others – that is to say, unique. Of course, while many families have God at the centre, this one has God made flesh. On the road, confused, hungry, uncomfortable. What will happen next? So many children killed because of him! How much time do we have to do what God wants? The road marked out by angels leads to Egypt, the land of pagan mysteries and secret initiations. This is the land where the first Joseph was taken by slavers, where he became a master of dreams and a prince, able to offer bread in the midst of famine. Now Joseph is bringing the Bread of Angels into Egypt. How long must they stay, and what must they do there until the angels speak again, calling them home? What did they see, and what did they learn? The Bible only tells us what we need to know.

1 comment:

  1. Yes: much of what we might want to hear is missed out in the accounts, but we are told enough. Another thing that is notable about the second Joseph in today's reading is the speed and obedience with which he responds to the angel of the Lord: he is such a noble & model disciple!