Sunday Gospel Reflection With Fr. Bill Grimm
- December 27, 2013
Holy Family (A)Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
13 After they had left, suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, 'Get up, take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and do away with him.'
14 So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, left that night for Egypt,
15 where he stayed until Herod was dead. This was to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: I called my son out of Egypt.
19 After Herod's death, suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt
20 and said, 'Get up, take the child and his mother with you and go back to the land of Israel, for those who wanted to kill the child are dead.'
21 So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, went back to the land of Israel.
22 But when he learnt that Archelaus had succeeded his father Herod as ruler of Judaea he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream
The word "holy" comes from the word "healthy." Holiness is a kind of health, and health may be the means for us to understand holiness and, therefore, what we celebrate on this feast of the Holy Family.