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A Radical New Way

And the Child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon Him
Sirach 3:2-6,12-14; Psalm 128:1-5; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40

Sermon Week The Holy Family Cycle B

Scripture Summary Luke 2:40

There was an interesting statistic published a few years back that reported more twins are being born. When a teacher mentioned this to her third-grade class, one of the pupils said, "I guess more twins are being born because kids are afraid to come into this world alone." That's true! Little children are afraid to come into the world alone, so God gives them a family.

A family sets man apart from all other living creatures. Who else has children he can call his 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 their world 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

The Christmas Season is a special time for being with the family. Unfortunately, that has become increasingly difficult this year. Ideally, it is a special time for evaluating the life of the family; a special time for mothers and fathers to examine their need for more and deeper parental wisdom; a special time to assess the need for more and deeper parental devotion.

Sadly, we know the family often is the context in which the cruelest and unloving things occur. Even in families where there is some measure of warmth and affection, isn't it strange how the members begin to take each other for granted?

The Apostle John begins his Christmas Gospel Story by telling us that "In the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God's Presence, and the Word was God." We are more accustomed to hearing the Christmas Story told in the context of angels and shepherds and wise men. But John takes the story down to a deeper level. He tells us what it's all about. He tells us God loves us so much [...]

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