Like all families, the family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph must have had some tense moments and challenging days. Imagine racing to Egypt to escape a tyrant or losing a child for three days somewhere in Jerusalem. Yet Jesus apparently had a very blessed and happy childhood. Otherwise would he have spoken so often about children? Would being a child have become a requirement for entrance into the Kingdom of God? When you see a child today, squint and imagine the Boy Jesus. Then remember that Jesus the Christ is the “image of glory.” Embracing humanity, the Incarnate Word looks like us.
If Covid has prevented you from seeing your family at Christmas, take a moment today to phone or text a family member to tell of your love and appreciation, perhaps along with a childhood memory.