The fifth of the Twelve Days of Christmas

The Holy Family with St. Ann by El Greco

The Twelve Days begin on Christmas Day and end on January 5, the day before the traditional date for Epiphany.  On these 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany, we'll look at some images of Mary and Joseph and Jesus.  For previous entries, click here. Twelve Days 2012
The Fifth of the Twelve Days of Christmas: December 29

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, the Sunday in the octave of Christmas. A grandparent's love for a grandchild is a special love indeed. Imagine the depths of Ann's love for her daughter, Mary, and for her grandson, Jesus...

He was but a baby: 
a son and grandson...
Did you come to visit, Ann, 

to help your daughter with her newborn?
Did your son-in-law welcome you

and make you feel at home?

Did you know the mystery of this baby's birth?
Had they told you of the angel's visit to Mary?
Of the angel in Joseph's dream?

Did you wonder, did you worry, too,

what would become of this little one?

Your eyes, your gaze tell me that in your heart
you knew what Mary knew:
mothers know these things...

Your little grandson is hungry now
and he turns to his mother for nourishment...

As you nourished Mary from your breast,
as Mary fed Jesus from hers,
so help us care for one another

with the milk of human kindness,
with the tender peace of mercy that is ours
in Christ the Lord...

Twelve Days 2012

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