We must not leave dear Nazareth till we have looked at the synagogue, where the Holy Family prayed so often, and the site of which is still shown to pilgrims. The Holy Family went there on the Sabbath-day for public prayer, to hear the Law read and the Prophets. Think of what passed in the Sacred Heart as Our Lord sat there. Look at His upturned face as He follows the reader through type and prophesy--seeing clearly in Melchisedech, the Paschal Lamb, the Manna in the Desert, figures of Himself. How the thought of the Bloody and Unbloody Sacrifice to come, of the Tabernacle and of First Communions is filling that dear Heart of His and making It beat fast with loving impatience. He hears the glorious names the Prophets give to the Messiah--the glorious things they say of Him. He is the King of Glory, the Light of the Gentiles, Christ the Prince, the Prince of Peace, the Wonderful, the Mighty God, the Father of the world to come. He is to redeem with a plentiful Redemption, to rise triumphantly from the dead, to take His seat at the right hand of the Father and to rule over an everlasting Kingdom. He listens. He understands. And when the book is closed and the congregation disperses, He puts His hand again into St. Joseph's and rejoins His Mother and goes down the village street with them again to His poor Home--"And is subject to them." And all this for me. (124-5)These chapters on Jesus' early life have made me consider in a new way the many hidden moments in the life of the Holy Family. I'm so appreciating this opportunity to explore these rich meditations with the children.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Wednesdays with Words :: "And Is Subject to Them"
As I have mentioned before, we're reading Mother Mary Loyola's First Communion this year for our religion studies, and I continue to be impressed by its scope and depth. Right now we're working through a section on the life of Our Lord, and we were all struck by this passage from her chapter on Nazareth: