The Profession of Faith
rating his work of restoring what the disobedience of Adam had
The hidden life at Nazareth allows everyone to enter into
fellowship with Jesus by the most ordinary events of daily life:
The home of Nazareth is the school where we begin to
understand the life of Jesus—the school of the Gospel. First,
then, a lesson of silence. May esteem for
ble and indispensable condition of mind, revive in us . . . A
May Nazareth teach us what family life
is, its communion of love, its austere and simple beauty, and
its sacred and inviolable character . . . A lesson of
Nazareth, home of the “Carpenter’s Son,” in you I would
choose to understand and proclaim the severe and redeem-
ing law of human work. . . . To conclude, I want to greet all
the workers of the world, holding up to them their great
pattern, their brother who is God.
finding of Jesus in the temple
is the only event that breaks
the silence of the Gospels about the hidden years of Jesus.
Jesus lets us catch a glimpse of themystery of his total consecration
to a mission that flows from his divine sonship: “Did you not know
that I must be about my Father’s work?”
Mary and Joseph did
not understand these words, but they accepted them in faith. Mary
“kept all these things in her heart” during the years Jesus remained
hidden in the silence of an ordinary life.
225 Paul VI at Nazareth, January 5, 1964:
Feast of the Holy Family, OR.