After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.
Home. Coming home is a wonderful thing. To have a safe and warm and welcoming home is a blessing that many of us are so lucky to enjoy. Maybe you are not so remiss as me in recognising this often enough. The Holy Family were able to return to their own country after a time of living as refugees in a foreign country. Yet, even now there was risk. The ruler was a threat. What must it feel like to have to be wary about which part of your home country is safe? This was life for a young family in Israel. This was life for Jesus and Mary and Joseph. Is it wrong to wonder whether living like this meant that Jesus would understand all the more the anxieties many people live with. And then ask what helps us to be loving and compassionate towards those who are suffering - particularly those displaced from their homes.
Prayer. Lord Jesus Christ we thank you for our home and family. Help us, we pray, to be aware deeply of such a great blessing. Amen.