Saturday 3 January 2015

Revisioning the Holy Family



Even before the nuclear family became the norm in the West, we have been imagining the Holy Family of Nazareth as nuclear: father, mother, child - Jesus, Mary, Joseph. Filiberto Gonzalez Plascencia in his stirring homily reminded us this morning - or perhaps led us to imagine - that the families of the Middle East, certainly those in the time of Jesus, were not necessarily nuclear. I am thinking therefore of a group photo that would include Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Anne and perhaps Joaquim, and then those who are called brothers and sisters in the gospels - which, as anyone living in the East should know, brings in all those who are called cousins in English. Anybody willing to provide an image?

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