First There Was a Family

Whether family gatherings are a joy or tense, Christmas is a time most of us gather together. Times have not changed all that much since the very first Christmas. It, too, was a time of tension and joy for Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. Jesus was born into a world undergoing tremendous upheaval, under the shadow of a scandal and to a mother and father struggling to make ends meet. Their family offers hope to ours. This Christmas season, let’s get back to the basics, back to what’s true and right and real, back to the first family who brought joy to the world.