Monday, February 2, 2015

The hidden (ordinary) years...

  "The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him."
Luke 2:40
What we don't know about Jesus--the years the Gospels do not explain--are called the Hidden Years.  And it's too bad.  We would all like to know what Jesus' childhood was like, wouldn't we?  Fr. James Martin, in "Jesus: A Pilgrimage," says that the Jesus' growing up years and his young adult years are fascinating to us because they would be the years most like our own lives.  He grew up in a small town, with family and friends and learned a trade from his father.  It doesn't seem like he did miracles during his childhood and young adult years or the people of his hometown would not have been so shocked when he began doing amazing things later. We can presume that Jesus' life was fairly ordinary in those early, young adult years. An ordinary life, like our ordinary lives.  In the midst of our ordinary lives, amazing miracles are happening every single day, we must realize.  Babies are being born. People are falling in love.  Strangers are reaching out to strangers. Children are learning to read.  These things may seem ordinary, but, if we look at them through the eyes of faith, they are really wonderful miracles.  Today, let's be aware of God's presence in our ordinary lives. God's favor is upon us, too.  Love, heidi

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