(The Sunday after Christmas is sometimes designated as Holy Family Sunday, a time to remember how Joseph, Mary and Jesus escaped Herod. Today my thoughts about another way to think of that event.)
Herod (Computer hacker)
The Holy Family (Computer innocents)
The Magi and an angel (Geek Squad)
Generously gifted by the Wise Men, Mary and Joseph may not have experienced an economic need to return to their hometown. Warned by an angel that Herod was planning to ensure his rule by killing all Bethlehem babies about the same age as Jesus, Joseph and Mary escaped to Egypt, where they could live safely among the Jewish Diaspora for awhile.
In this story, this innocent family eluded a malevolent danger, rescued by the Wise Men’s offerings and the angel’s alert.
A malicious computer hacker, intent on enriching himself, slices into the home computer of an innocent family whose unfamiliarity with computers makes them easy targets for his evil intentions. Forewarned by the angelic wisdom of digital protection services, the family seeks the help of Best Buy’s Geek Squad, whose efforts help the family thwart the powers of this digital criminal. Their financial well-being protected by the Geeks, the family is rescued from ruin.
Both stories are true—one Scriptural and the other from personal experience. Although the analogy readily comes apart, some similarities can be derived: Any of us—blissfully unaware of dangers around us—can become victims of others’ evil intentions. We can’t rescue ourselves—redemption is a special blessing. Others, who are skilled at saving innocent folks from life-changing events, warn us of our vulnerabilities and offer their wealth of specialized knowledge. We are safe again.
On any given day, we face perils that can hide inside contemporary society. Whether wise or novices, those of us who are older can be especially grateful for the numerous rescues that come to us in the daily work of experts who protect us. Thanks be to God!
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