Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
In Matthew chapter 2, Joseph receives messages from God's angel telling him specifically how to care for Jesus' safety. Knowing that Herod was planning to seek out the child, Joseph moved his family in the night.
This move is often compared in our modern American context as a period of homelessness requiring government assistance, or a move of a refugee illegally crossing a border to live in a foreign country. Those analogies don't work very well. Though Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were political refugees, they were fleeing a specific threat from a regional authority who would tareget their family. They left the region, crossed a border which was open freely to traffice, and took up residence in a nation where they were allowed to be. We have no reason to think they asked for any particular assistance.
When Joseph received the "all clear" he brought his family back, choosing to settle in Galilee, where he thought the poligical situation might be friendlier.
We make a lot of decisions based on the circumstances we see around us. God directs us in many ways. In the case of Joseph, the direction was very clear. Above all, he laid down his life to care for his family. This noble action describes what we can all do, living out God's loving care in our community.
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