Online Retreat- Week 16
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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A Hidden Life for Thirty YearsGuide: The Carpenter's SonOne of the most remarkable realities about Jesus is that we know almost nothing about the first thirty years of his life. We know the stories from his public life that tell us that people who knew his relatives were fairly underwhelmed by his background. One of the charges leveled against him was "Isn't this the carpenter's son?"This week of our retreat allows us to get to know the developing person of Jesus. Because there are so few Scripture references to the period from his birth to his baptism, we will have to imaginatively fill them in from what we do know about him.Readings1. They Took Their Baby to the Temple in Jerusalem (Luke 2:22-38)2. The Child Jesus Grew (Luke 2:39-40)3. Your Father and I Have Been Very Worried (Luke 2:41-52)4. He Spoke to Us Through a Son (Hebrews 1:1-2)Prayers:1. A Prayer to Begin Each Day2. You Were Called a Carpenter's Son (Intercessions, Morning Prayer, Sun. Sept. 27)3. You Sent Your Son (Opening Prayer, Feast of the Holy Family)4. Your Word Has Been Fulfilled (Gospel Canticle)