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What possible meaning does the story of Jesus’ flight to Egypt have for us today? For those who are displaced, who are far from home, this story should give hope. Many will find themselves in a foreign land, often because of violence, natural disaster, or economic necessity. Others are on a military base or in a prison cell or homeless shelter. Still others are inwardly alienated, estranged from family and friends or feeling far from God. At such times it is tempting to despair, to feel alone or abandoned. But right here, the gospel tells us, in these places of exile both literal and figurative, God’s redeeming love breaks in.

Christ’s exile didn’t derail God’s plan to save the world.