Displayed above is The Holy Family with the Little Bird by Spanish Baroque artist, Bartolome Esteban Murillo. I enjoy this work very much as it shows the very humanity of Jesus’ earthly family. His foster father, Joseph, enjoys playing with the LORD, as our LORD holds the bird away from the dog and the Blessed Mother looks on perhaps pondering these things in her heart as the scripture speaks.
In the heart of Christmastide, we are reminded that Jesus belongs to a family like you and I. He was obedient to his family and grew up learning the Law and the scriptures as we do today.
The Lord in his goodness and kindness still gathers us as family to nurture and care for each other. In this family we become schools of prayer! It is bound by covenant marriage and by the Paschal Mystery that makes us adopted sons and daughters of the Most High God. Remember those who mean so much to you because it is God working in the midst of that relationship, give thanks to Him and offer your prayers of thanksgiving.