A piece of sacred that has really mattered to me is a statue of the Holy Family. The statue portrays St. Joseph and Jesus standing at a workbench. St. Joseph is teaching Jesus to use a wooden block plane, which is a tool that woodworkers use to remove tiny shavings from components of furniture so that they fit together better. The Blessed Mother is standing behind Jesus holding a basket of bread. She is observing the lesson.
When I look at the statue, I experience various levels of reflection. On the surface, I can relate to the image since my dad has been in carpentry for most of his life. My grandpa also did carpentry. Both of them had a block plane that looked very similar to the one in the statue. My siblings and I would be at the workbench with dad or with grandpa learning how to use tools and make things. My niece and nephews had the same opportunity. The statue reminds me of my family and how we grew up.
The next level of reflection brings me to Holy Family. It gives a glimpse of what live was like for them. It shows how the Holy Family interacted and how Jesus would have learned the trade of St. Joseph. The statue also reflects how a family should be as Holy Family is a model for all families.
The love in the image is what truly allows me to reflect on the divine in the image. You see the love of a mother and father for a child and for each other. The support and care that they have for one another. It was their love that assisted God in bringing about His love in the person of Jesus. God loved us so much that He sent his only Son. God’s divine love was shared with St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother and the world through Jesus. We can also share in God’s divine love through Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
I think over time, the statue has made me more appreciative of my family and the memories that were made. I am also more appreciative of what the Holy Family went through. The biggest thing that has changed in me has been my gratefulness and thankfulness for the love of God. I get to experience that love through the Most Blessed Sacrament at Mass. Everything that I have and am is all because of the love of God. This is the most important change in myself because of this statue.