Written on: December 26, 2019
Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
December 29, 2019
Sr. Eleanor Martinez, GNSH
How wonderful it has been this last week to celebrate the gift of God’s son. Now as we near the end of the year, we become aware of a stark change as the Holy Family must flee from danger.
There are many insights that can be gleaned from the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt but this reflection will focus on the place detachment plays in our lives. We are acutely aware of the message that comes to us at Christmas:
There is the rejoicing,
the angels singing,
the shepherds and the Magi.
But sometime after, we are never quite sure just how soon, Jesus, Mary and Joseph must become immigrants in a strange country to protect their son. Mary could not call her parents and relatives and assure them that all will be well, and Joseph could not go on line to explore housing or job opportunities. They had to relinquish all that was familiar while trusting that God is in charge after all.
And so it is with us.
We are always being asked to trust, to let go and let God. As a congregation we had to let go many times of what was familiar and embrace the new. And as we age, there are all those opportunities we have to continue to let go. We resign to not being able to run marathons, to accepting help when we were once so independent, and to say goodbye to friends and relatives as they move on to other places, or to a place with God.
“Without trauma and woundedness we might never move off the spot we’re in,
to the spot we should be.” Joan Chittister, OSB
Tony de Mello emphasized how important it is to drop attachments. He taught unhappiness is caused by false beliefs and
“…that there is not a single moment in your life when you do not have everything that you need to be happy.”
So it must have been a strong belief like this that made it possible for the Holy Family to leave family, friends, belongings and fear of the unknown all in God’s hands.
May God give us the faith to do the same.
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