Posts tagged “Boy Jesus in the Temple

Sermo Dei: Epiphany 1, 2018

Posted on January 7th, 2018

“Look,” says Mary, “Your father and I have sought you anxiously” (Luke 2:41-52, Gospel for Epiphany I). Many of you have experienced anxiety at some time or in some form. That Mary and Joseph knew anxiety is written for our comfort—to know we are not alone—and also for our instruction, to learn how to deal with anxiety. Anxiety is part of the world’s fallen condition. We experience anguish of spirit, mind, and body for all kinds of reasons. You can imagine the anxiety Mary and Joseph had, for much of parenthood is worrying about your children – and losing your little boy in a crowded city would terrify any parent. On top of this is the spiritual responsibility that Mary and Joseph have been…

Sermo Dei: First Sunday after Epiphany

Posted on January 12th, 2014

The First Sunday after Epiphany Luke 2:41-52 What is the job of parenting? Well, I suppose before anything else, you’d have to say, “Don’t lose the kid!” But that’s exactly what happens, after this family trip to Jerusalem. We should talk first about why the Holy Family is there. It’s Passover, the most important Jewish festival. As a pious family, Joseph and Mary went every year. St. Luke, who I believe as part of his research for the Gospel interviewed Mary, uses a very interesting word: “custom.” “They went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.” Luke uses a Greek term that comes directly into English: “ethos.” We use it to mean the characteristic spirit of a culture or a community.…