The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph 21C
When we look at the Holy Family as a model for our families, I think most. if not all, of us would just give up. After all, Mary was free of original from her conception and was previously held to be free of personal sin; Jesus was the Son of God; and Joseph, well he was considered a righteous man, living in harmony with the 10 Commandments and the rest of Jewish Law.
But today’s Gospel show us some chinks in that thinking. Joseph and Mary left for home after fulfilling the Passover pilgrimage to Jerusalem, assuming that Jesus was somewhere among their relatives and neighbors. After traveling for day and not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem, searched for three days, meaning they didn’t know where he was for 5 days. Imagine their growing anxiety and eventually panic. Where was he? Was he kidnapped and sold into slavery? Was he dead, killed by some wild animal or was he injured?