Gospel Reflection for December 29, Feast of the Holy Family

26 Dec

The angel of God appeared to Joseph with this command. “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you otherwise. Herod is searching for the child to destroy him.”

Matthew 2.13

In Sunday’s gospel the Holy Family is on the run to protect Jesus’ life. King Herod has viciously ordered his soldiers to kill boy children like him. Matthew makes a parallel in this story between Jesus’ life and the history of his people. Both sojourn in Egypt. Matthew quotes a statement from the prophet Hosea to make this point, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”

How did the first members of your family come to this country?

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