For 30 years, Jesus lived quietly in Nazareth with Mary and Joseph; his “hidden” years. Through his normal day-to-day living of going to school and having friends and putting in a hard day’s work, Jesus made sacred the hidden space.
That hidden space is where most of us live most of our lives—out of the public eye, going about our everyday without much notice by others. Hidden from the world, but absolutely seen by the Father in that uniquely silent space that is set apart. In our busyness, we need to follow Jesus into that place with his Father.
It’s different than running away. It’s not hiding from our problems… it’s hiding with the Lord. It’s a holy kind of hiding.
What does this mean for mission? During those private decades, Jesus knew his mission and was patient in waiting for it. He didn’t rush. And so for us, Nazareth gives us permission to let the Lord lead; to let the Lord form us. It’s ok that this takes time.
Starting next week: a series on the Litany of Trust (from the Sisters of Life). If you want to follow along, you can buy the book here: https://stpaulcenter.com/trust10/
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