When we think of the Holy Family, we think of an ideal family whose supposed peaceful and holy life bears little resemblance of our own family life. But the Scriptures tell us a different story.
And it starts right from the beginning with Mary’s miraculous pregnancy. In Matthew’s Gospel, it was completely unexpected to Joseph whose shock led him to contemplate divorcing her. In Luke’s Gospel Joseph and Mary had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, not an easy trip under the best of circumstances, but Mary is expecting and soon after they arrived she gave birth. The story continues in