Sunday Bible Study: Matthew 2:13-23
The glorious day of Jesus' birth has brought hope and grace to the world, but the harsh realities of the world persist...and the Holy Family must flee to Egypt for their safety. Our reflections and discussion were centered on the reality that grief and sorrow can easily fill our days, and the difficulty of dealing with these emotions can be greater during supposedly joyous times of the holidays. Our reflections helped us to see God's presence in the midst of difficult times.
We read our Scripture passage (Matthew 2:13-23) and discussed the need for the Holy Family to flee; the difficulties of being refugees; and discussed God's role or presence in the acts that happened in our Scripture passage. We also discussed on how events in the Scripture passage compare to current events today.
For continuing study on your own, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below): in the "Where is God..." section, consider the last sentence and reflect on what God might have been doing in Jesus' life during these years of preparation as he grew up; reading the "So What does this mean..." section, consider the author's perspective of God's protection - how do you interpret the author's meaning, and do you agree?; and reading the "Now What is God's word calling..." section - reflect how we can help others change the outcome of their lives.
Below you will find the study guide for your own review and reflection: