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Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

On the eighth day of Christmas, we celebrate the end of the immediate story of Christ’s birth. The shepherds have been and gone, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, and the child has been circumcised and given the name Jesus. The Wise Men are just now seeing the star and getting their caravans ready for the long trek to Jerusalem, which won’t bring them to the child for another two years, if Herod’s reckoning of the child’s age is to be trusted. So life settles down into a daily routine of a family with a new baby; in other words, the baby now becomes the center of family life or at least of the mother’s life. No wonder this day is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Her “yes” at the Annunciation was a moment in time; now the moment stretches into days, weeks, months and years as she and Joseph teach their young son what he needs to know to grow in wisdom and age and grace.

How do you imagine the daily life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph to have been?