January 7, 2018
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
The mystery of the Cross already casts its shadow even as we are concluding the Christmas Season. Very soon after the birth of Jesus, Joseph was forced to flee with his young family because of the murderous threats of King Herod. The Holy Family made the treacherous journey to Egypt as migrants who sought asylum in a foreign land where they remained until it was safe for them to return (Mt 2:13-15).
The story of the Holy Family, the Chosen People, the experience of the Church and the history of our nation share this similar characteristic: we have been a people on the move, often finding ourselves strangers in a foreign land, a pilgrim people.