Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

 Matthew 2:13-18

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.’ Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’

Our safe place

Joseph’s anxious eyes survey the road behind his little family to see if anyone is following. He is afraid of Herod’s soldiers as he keeps his family moving toward a safe place. The child who is born to save a world needs to be saved from murderous hands so that one day we might see and know what is in his heart.

Herod, too, is afraid. He fears losing his power and is willing to kill infants on the odd chance that one of them might one day challenge his reign.

Joseph will find a safe place for the child and his mother. But Herod will kills dozens of children looking for him. Their mothers will weep the bitterest tears a heart can know, all because of Herod’s fear.

Fear kills. It kills the heart of our humanity before it destroys others.

But this child, Jesus, comes to save us from the fear that kills with the Love he is. Love drives out fear. The child Joseph saves is the face of the Eternal Love who conquers death and is the refuge of those grieving mothers.

He is our safe place, the Love who is always waiting to receive us no matter where we go or how far we wander. He is the Love who goes before us and is waiting for us at the end of every journey.

He is the Love and the Joy awakened in our hearts every time a single ounce of his love touches us.

‘Come to me,’ he says, with each new sunrise. ‘I am your refuge, the place fear disappears.’

Pr. David L. Miller

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