“Family” and “Fighting”

December 27 and 28

Luke 2:41-50–Feat of the Holy Family Matthew 2:13-18–Feast of the Holy Innocents

Yesterday was the Feast of the Holy Family. The church tends to portray the family of Jesus as a nuclear, homey, family. But in the midst of the picture we see Jesus rebelling against that  concept. The concept of the “family” as being biological, as simply being about whom you were born to for for him the whole world is one family. He seeks to break the down the stereotypes of the family then and now to cross all divides, to have us see each other as family. Today is the Feast of  the Holy Innocents–and we remember the slaughter of youth by Herod, a slaughter that continues to day across the world and in the Holy Land.. A slaughter that is about power, about land. Jesus calls us to love each other. Religion for him is about relationships not about beliefs and about property. He calls us to love each other as children of God. Meister Eckhart wrote: “What good is it if Mary gave birth to the son of God centuries ago, if I do not also give birth to God’s son in my time and culture?”  We are called to give birth to Jesus–the Jesus who loved and cared for his neighbors now.

I have taken the last two days off. I spent Saturday night in Pacifica, yesterday at home, and will probably take it easy today. I am exhausted, just terribly exhausted. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

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