The Holy Family in their own human-ness can be a source of encouragement for us, particularly if we pay attention to Joseph and the hints we see of his own faithfulness in the midst of challenging situations.
Presents are not always what they seem, and their “wrapping” may disguise their contents.
After a year in which the news produced escalating revelations of the appalling behaviour of some, and the perplexing choices made by others, what does the birth of a baby 2,000 years ago have to say to all this?
Rather than a series of books showing us the rules for living good lives, the Bible reveals God’s remarkable, and to us illogical, choices when selecting those who will become leaders and highly influential people in the history of mankind.
If we find it hard to be accepted by God just as we are — justified — the next challenge is to recognise that we are called to be made holy — sanctified — through growth in love.
We are so used to earning the experience of being valued by others, that we apply that approach to our relationship with God. But is that what God asks of us?