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No Women Back Then?

and His mother kept all these things in her heart
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 2:5

In her best-selling book, "Founding Mothers," the late journalist Cokie Roberts offers an inspiring look at the founding fathers' patriotic and passionate wives, sisters, and mothers. The author writes about the triumphs of women like Abigail Adams, Deborah Franklin, and Martha Washington, whose tireless efforts were crucial to the forging of America. Abigail Adams, for example, famously said, "If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation." With courage and determination, the Founding Mothers broke the silence expected of women in those days.

At a children's book reading of "Founding Mothers," Roberts shared with a group of third graders her own childhood experience. "When I was a kid growing up, I'd look at all these historical stories and pictures and statues and think, where are all the women?" Then she jokingly added, "Maybe there weren't any women back then."

When God decided to come to us and focus His love for us in a tiny Baby, He did it in the family context. And, of course, it was a wife and mother named Mary who was central to this extraordinary event – the incarnation of God Himself. One of the early church fathers, Ignatius, explained that "by the Incarnation, God broke His silence."

Among the works of the great artist Raphael is a beautiful painting of "The Holy Family." Because of the warm feeling the image evokes, one can look at it and suddenly realize why God Almighty, who created us in love, chose to come to us in a family setting.

It was in this family setting that Jesus first experienced the Presence of God. It was in this family setting that Our Lord first knew the joy of being loved. It was in this family setting that He learned His first lessons in how to love. It was in this family setting that Jesus began to develop His deep sense of integrity and self-acceptance.

Raphael's painting has a way of propelling you right back into the [...]

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