|Posted by Xavier Thelakkatt on December 23, 2015 at 12:15 AM|
The darkness in the early hours was deep. My thirteen-year-old brother had not returned home. In the afternoon he had left towards the neighborhood lakes with his fishing line. The lakes were deep and the night was dark; he was alone. There was reason for concern. My parents plunged themselves into a panic mode. Dad left with a flash light in hand and Mom made us kneel before the Sacred Heart to pray. Minutes felt like hours and in half hour the back door of the house opened, and Dad brought him home. He hadn’t caught any fish. But his fishing career had just come to an abrupt end. Not a word was spoken that night, but later we learned it all. Sitting on the lakeshore alone, focused on the deep blue waters, he had grown unaware of the passing of time and nightfall.
What makes one a parent? It’s not merely the fact of giving birth, but the sufferings one endures for children. Anxieties and concerns for children’s safety and well-being often consume the parents. It is those struggles that make the bond stronger and stronger. The parents of Jesus were no exception. Mary suffered silently keeping “all these things in her heart” (Lk 2:52). It is the willingness to endure pain for the other is what makes a family holy.
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Sir 3:2-6. 12-14; Col 3:12-21; Lk 2: 41-52