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Sunday 30th December, 2012
Holy Family. W. 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28. How happy they who dwell in your house, O Lord—Ps 83(84):2-3, 5-6, 9-10. 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24. Luke 2:41-52.

  
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How happy are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

There’s a beautiful scene that opens the 2006 film, ‘The Nativity Story’. Mary’s mother, Anna, is in the kitchen, telling a story from the Torah to a group of children from the village. It is an ageless scene of mothers passing on faith to children: an image of the domestic church in action through the word.

The movie continues and tells the story of the journey of Mary and Joseph together bringing the Christ child to birth. An earthy story of commitment and trust in a relationship judged harshly by the social mores of the day. A story of a family coming into being through trust in God and acceptance of God’s plan, unseen and yet constantly unfolding. This is the domestic church, where God resides and brings us to life in the person of Jesus.

 

 

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