4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. (Luke 2:4-5)
Joseph traveled to Bethlehem because of family. Mary went with him because of family. They traveled together because they had committed to each other to be a family. Often times it comes down to family.
Family is such an interesting thing. We are born into a tribe of people without our choosing. We face circumstances we have no control over. We are handed genetics that determine many things for us. Despite all of this, we instantly belong to something. Family is such a meaningful thing that the Church is often described as “the family of God.”
Have you ever considered your church as your family? I like this thought because it means we not only live life together, but demonstrate patience with each other, just as we would with family. And for those whose families are broken or nonexistent, the Church can (and should) provide a place to belong. The Avett Brothers said it this way, “Always remember there was nothing worth sharing, Like the love that let us share our name” (Murder In The City from the album “The Second Gleam”).
May we as the Church share the love of Christ as we share his name.