Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 Reflection
No doubt, evil continues to infiltrate the human sphere creating unjustifiable fear and death. Through my father’s contribution and now one of my children college and work, the sadness of the Holocaust never leaves me. It is one of the reasons I have learned to weep and pray deeply with Joseph, so I may counter anger with peace. To be as Joseph means that sometimes we must purposely stay away from “places” where we know evil may be and instead associate with likeminded people.
Matthew 2 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Escape to Egypt
13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”
The Return from Egypt
19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, 20 “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” 21 Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. 23 There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23.