When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” (Mt 2: 13-15)
Egypt 40 is a Lenten program designed for married couples to grow closer together as they deepen their relationship with Jesus through the Holy Family.
Take the flight into Egypt as a married couple; walk with the Holy Family, and become a holier family.
Look to St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. He is a model of chastity, obedience, and patience. The foundation of all of those virtues is discipline. Strengthen your discipline through fasting and self-denial. Working to remove vices and pleasures in your life is a struggle, but it is a good struggle. Struggling against evil is what we are called to do as Christians. Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
Look to Mary, our Mother, and Mother of our God. Not only is she a model of virtue as the handmaid of the Lord by her humility, simplicity, and love for God but, together with Joseph, she is a model of marriage. The Lord chose to send his Son into a family and later he revealed himself at a marriage celebration. Together Mary and Joseph model for married couples an extraordinary love for the Lord and an inspiring love for each other. Most loving of spouses, pray for us.
Look to Christ, our Savior. Even the Lord did not build his church in one day. He started gradually, and brought people to him by loving and speaking truth. We can help build Christ’s Church on earth by giving of our time, talents, and treasure. God has entrusted us all with “talents.” It’s important we use them to glorify him. We can do that by building community, the Body of Christ, bringing all of God’s children, to him. Sacred heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.