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The Profession of Faith

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rating his work of restoring what the disobedience of Adam had

destroyed.

224

533

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

silence,

that admira­

ble and indispensable condition of mind, revive in us . . . A

lesson on

family life.

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

work.

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.

225

534

The

finding of Jesus in the temple

is the only event that breaks

the silence of the Gospels about the hidden years of Jesus.

226

Here

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?”

227

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.

224 Cf.

Rom

5:19.

225 Paul VI at Nazareth, January 5, 1964:

LH,

Feast of the Holy Family, OR.

226 Cf.

Lk

2:41-52.

227

Lk

2:49 alt.

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