A Radical New Way

And the Child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon Him

Luke 2:40
Sirach 3:2-6,12-14; Psalm 128:1-5; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40

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The Holy Family, B

There was an interesting statistic published a few years back that reported more twins are being born. When a teacher mentioned this to her third-grade class, one of the pupils said, “I guess more twins are being born because kids are afraid to come into this world alone.” That’s true! Little children are afraid to come into the world alone, so God gives them a family.

A family sets man apart from all other living creatures. Who else has children he can call his own for longer than it takes to set them on their feet or on their way? Even the most “loving” animals — the vixen, the bear, the lioness -– teach their cubs to make their world and forget them. After the eagle has taught her eaglet to fly, she will see him no more. Calf, colt, grasshopper, dragonfly — all go their separate ways as soon as they can. Only man stands with his children from first to last, from…

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