"Mom I missed the plane". The Holy Family on the road to glory on the story of the Lucan Gospel

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"MOM I MISSED THE PLANE". THE HOLY FAMILY IN JOURNEY TO GLORY THE STORY OF GOSPEL LUCANO

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"Why are you looking for? Did you not know that I must be about my Father?"This is a lost opportunity for Jesus to show his personality. The episode reminds me of an old Christmas movies, Mom I missed the plane of 1990. A young Macaulay Culkin plays the little Kevin, accidentally left at home by parents before a trip to Paris […]

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Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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the then small Macaulay Culkin

In these days who led us in the mystery of Christmas to that of Epiphany, we can stop some’ on historical narratives that Luke's Gospel offers us the Holy Family.

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The parents of Jesus They went every year to Jerusalem for the Passover feast. When he was twelve years, they went up according to the custom of the feast. But, elapsed days, as they resumed their way back, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Believing that he was in the company, they journeyed for a day, then they sought him among their relatives and acquaintances; I did not find, They came back looking for him in Jerusalem [cf. LC 2, 41 – 45].

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After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, He is listening to them and asking them questions;. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers [ cf. LC 2, 47]. When they saw him they were astonished;, and his mother said:

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""Son, why have you done this? Here, Your father and I, distressed, We are looking for you ". He answered: "Why are you looking for? Did you not know that I must be about my Father "? But they did not understand what he had told them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient. His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom, age and grace before God and man " [cf. LC 2, 48-52].

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So let us clarify this trip: honoring Jewish traditions, holy family goes to journey to Jerusalem. Jesus was twelve years old. The Holy Family, then made two trips: from Nazareth to Jerusalem. From Jerusalem, Nazareth. Here is a feature also applies to the family today.

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The two travel show us how the family is a dynamic reality. It is not fixed in its sights, in his habits, in its arid certainties. The family is the place of the dynamism: a dynamism in the tradition, according to our faith. This link between tradition and family, It allows us to see how the conjugal nucleus is a place where it is possible to feed the amazement of the faith: a faith to a time so ancient and so new. Where traditions are the place to be rooted and start to build their own identity.

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For this Jesus, It can respond calmly: "Why are you looking for? Did you not know that I must be about my Father?» [LC 2, 49]. This is a lost opportunity for Jesus to show his personality. The episode reminds me of an old Christmas movies, Mom I missed the plane of 1990. A young Macaulay Culkin plays the little Kevin, accidentally left at home by parents before a trip to Paris. between laughter, unexpected and gag comic, Kevin will defend with tooth and nail their homes by the attempted theft of two bumbling thieves. Kevin has therefore realized that in his small had an important role: defend his affections and his most intimate memories to those who wanted sottrarglieli and put violence on them.

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Jesus, It is among the teachers and the teachers of the Law, in a full questioned and discussed with them with a keen intelligence and the clarity of the answers. I would dare to say, Jesus can give succinct answers to questions of the doctors and their questions about the Torah and the Talmud. Synthetic implies brevity and conciseness capacity, but at the same time is not superficial: The short answer is intelligent when it is able to express all in a fragment. He can say the depth of the divine mysteries in a few clear words. Jesus answers, then, that takes care of things of his Father: takes care of its mission bearer of God's truth and thus prepares the equivalent mission of redemption will happen years later.

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Inside of of his family, Jesus has gained its identity and mission. That's why his journey with the Holy Family was a trip to glory. From Christmas Eve recently celebrated, until the Passion and Resurrection which we celebrate at Easter, Jesus walks always with the family community in a growing age, wisdom and grace.

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That's why for us, our families I am the first cell of our human and personal development: that place where we discover our identity, our faults and virtues. Where we learn to honor the Holy Scriptures, Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church as the development aid of our staff sacred turmoil: ie of ourselves in the discovery of our vocation, priestly, religious or double.

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These days between Christmas and Epiphany in which we also celebrated the feast of the Holy Family, Thank the Lord for the gifts they wanted us to bear by our parents; and by all those who have made the pedagogues in the existential service development, human and spiritual of our vocations.

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Rome, 6 January 2019

Epiphany of the Lord Jesus

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«sweet Jesus, Jesus love» [St. Caterina da Siena]

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Preparation of ’ island of Patmos

We point out to the readers of The island of Patmos an interesting article of our Dominican author Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci published these days of celebration on the site of the Dominican Roman Province of St. Catherine of Siena and dedicated to "The prophets: sowers of God's mysteries " [see text, WHO]

 

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