Few weeks ago, the world was shocked by the Church bombings in Sri Lanka; a week ago, the BBC had a story revealing the horrors suffered by migrants traveling over the Sahara Desert to get to Europe; in the news yesterday, is a story of how an angry worker in America, shot and killed 12 of his colleagues.
The world has become precarious for so many people; precarity is a condition where a person is living with insecurity, uncertainty about what next or where next in life, and therefore lacking material needs and emotional well being.
Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus, were in a precarious situation in Matthew 2:13 (NIV) – When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
King Herod was out to kill the baby Jesus after the visit from the wise men. The poor family were warned by an angel, and had to migrate to Egypt to be safe. Life was hard, but having a visible angelic guide to warn of danger, and to later encourage a return back to Israel, was of great help to Joseph and Mary.
Precarity describes the condition that many are facing today. Like Joseph and Mary, we are in need of divine help in these times of high concerns over insecurity, food, shelter, stable jobs, money, relationships, and health.
I pray that we experience abounding grace, divine help with practical solutions, to the many problems threatening our survival, Amen!