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We're All in the Family

He then went down with them to Nazareth and lived under their authority
Sirach 3:2-6,12-14; Psalm 128:1-5; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:41-52

Sermon Week The Holy Family Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 2:51

It is the family that sets humankind apart from all other living creatures. Who else has children they can call their own for longer than it takes to set them on their feet or on their way? Even the most “loving” animals -- the vixen, the bear, the lioness --- teach their cubs to make on their own and forget them. After the eagle has taught her eaglet to fly, she will see him no more. Calf, colt, grasshopper, dragonfly -- all go their separate ways as soon as they can. Only man stands with his children from first to last -- from birth to death. -1

Some of you may have noticed a statistic which indicates that more twins are being born today. When a teacher mentioned this to her third-grade class, one of the pupils said, “I guess more twins are being born because children are afraid to come into this world alone.” That’s true! It’s perfectly natural for little children to be afraid to come into the world alone -- so that’s why God gives them a family.

We read in today's Gospel Lesson about the Holy Family:

Jesus is twelve-years-old. Mary and Joseph believe He is lost. They search for him frantically, as good parents will. On finding Him in the Temple, they learn that He had simply gone His own way. Mary reacts with remarkable straightforwardness: "My Child, why have you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you" (Lk. 2:48).

With equal frankness, Jesus responds:

"Why were you looking for Me? Did you not know that I must be busy with My Father's affairs?”

Clearly, Jesus' answer must have hurt. Mary and Joseph "did not understand what He meant," Luke tells us (Lk. 2:50). Then, having said what needed to be said, Jesus went back home with Mary and Joseph. And "He lived under their authority," Luke says. He was obedient to them. And, we are told, in that family setting, "Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and men. Mary for her part, stored up [...]

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