Posted by: fvbcdm | May 12, 2015

Feast of Saints Nereus, Achilleus & Pancras (12 May 2015)    

Can you remember when you were very small and used to follow your parents around the house, watching what they were doing, and observing them from the point of view of a young child learning about the world in which he or she was living?

How often have we seen little children, just about as tall as a worktable, standing there, with its forearms and chin on the table, watching its mother preparing food, or watching its father doing some carpentry or repairing a zipper that has become clogged with a piece of cloth?

Try to imagine the young Christ, three years old, at the end of his mother’s kitchen table, watching as she mixed her dough with water and leaven and perhaps added some raisins or dried figs and some honey. And then look ahead another thirty years to the days when Jesus would multiply bread and fish in enormous quantities on the hillsides of Galilee to feed vast multitudes of people.

Or again, imagine the little Jesus in his foster-father’s carpenter shop, carrying wood for Joseph to use in the production of a table or a chair or a chest or cabinet. And imagine him with the nails in his small hands which he presents to Joseph with such satisfaction because he was helping this man who was so much a part of his young life. As Jesus grew to youth and then manhood, I’m sure that he would have reflected that one day, he would carry a different kind of wood and for a totally different purpose, and would again have nails in his hands, but not merely for carrying them.

Simple, basic things like bread, wood, and nails figure prominently in the life of Jesus and in our salvation. “I am the bread of life,” he would tell the world. And one terrible day in Jerusalem, he would be given a cross to carry and then he would be nailed to it in a dreadful act of carpentry which would be the structure of our salvation. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

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