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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 20, 2023

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Luke 2:49 He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

This twelve-year-old Jesus has parents—and they are upset. Rightly so. Jesus abandons them and the family caravan without permission, remaining at the temple to converse with rabbis.

Joseph is Jesus’s father—some say, “adopted father,” while others say “earthly father.” Regardless, it is clear that Joseph is Jesus’s father in such a way that strengthens rather than denigrates Jesus’s relationship to God as Father.

I know this because my second child is also adopted from birth. Never do I look at my daughter and think anything other than, “There she is, my daughter, my child.” God chooses Joseph in this way of mystery, and he serves as father to Jesus, including in the arena of discipline.

MOVING FORWARD: Reflect on the relationship between Joseph and Jesus. What do you imagine were the challenges of parenting Jesus?

PRAY for the Diocese of Rokon (South Sudan)

Today the Church remembers .

Ps 89:1-29 or 89:1-4, 26-29 | 2 Samuel 7:4, 8-16 | Romans 4:13-18 | Luke 2:41-52



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