God in Everyday Life
Dec 21, 2018
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Year C
1 Samuel 1: 20-22, 24-28; 1 John 3: 1-2, 21-24; Luke 2: 41-52
God in Everyday Life
The Holy Family consisted of father, mother and child. It was a small family. They enjoy the happiness of being together. They are poor, even though the father is descended from the ancient royal race of David. They live in Nazareth. He is an artisan, a carpenter by trade. A few relatives are known to us by name. Otherwise, nothing is known about them.
And yet we know that Joseph, the husband, is said to have been “just” (Mt. 1:19), an honest and upright man. And we know that Mary trusted in something that is humanly incomprehensible. He was born in Bethlehem, this child who was God’s gift. There were special signs on the night of his birth. Shepherds and wise men came to see the child from long distances. An old man, Simeon, had uttered prophecies about this child. What would become of this child for whom such great things had been predicted?
But then something really surprising happened. Nothing at all happened except the quite ordinary everyday life of the family of a poor artisan. Day by day, there was work, worrying about orders, the efforts to earn what was needed. We hear nothing about miracles or extraordinary occurrences. Only one thing gave this life a special radiance: love reigned among the three of them, and God was given first place, with the Jewish daily prayers, the visit to the synagogue on the Sabbath, and the usual pilgrimage to Jerusalem each year at the Passover. And this went on for thirty years.
God is to be found in everyday life, in our little every day cares, in our daily efforts to achieve kindness, patience, and honesty. If Jesus is God, who has lived as a man among us, then I can find him in everyday life, in the midst of my ordinary life. Let us be faithful in our daily efforts to pray, to show mercy to one another, to put other’s needs ahead of my own, and to love one another and seek what is truly good in life together. May God bless you all this