This painting depicts Joseph, Mary and a toddler Jesus walking though town. They could be going to the market or to the synagogue for worship. Perhaps they are just out for a little fresh air�allowing Jesus to see the world with his fresh little eyes. Where they go is up to you. The real point is that they are taking the time to go together as a family. The parents are patiently slowing down to walk with the young Jesus, barely able to stand on his own two feet.
I titled this painting "Holy Family." What makes the family holy, really? Is it because Jesus is in their lives? Is it because they have faith in God? Perhaps. But are they uniquely different from other families? No. I would contend that most families could be considered "holy."
Families today, traditional or otherwise, share the same qualities as Jesus' family. When a parent, or parents, lovingly teaches a child to understand right from wrong�that's holy. When parents slow down with patience to connect with their children�that's holy. When a family spends quality time together�even if it's via FaceTime from half a world away�that's holy. When we go to worship�that's holy. Even a loving couple without children can be a holy family. Wherever there is love, there is God. An
May 13th, 2015
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