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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (C)

Holy Family quite ‘normal’ LUKE 2:41–52

Very often, when we contemplate the Holy Family, immediately we focus on Mary, a young woman with baby Jesus in her arms and Joseph, a somewhat older man at their side.This image often gives us the impression that the Holy Family was perfect, unblemished and spotless. While this may be true, this Sunday’s Gospel explicitly indicates that they were quite “normal” in their behaviour.

Luke begins by mentioning that: “Every year the parents of Jesus used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.” Hence, as ordinary citizens they participated in the religious activity. They were totally involved in life and did not live apart.

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