The run to Egypt, mentioned
only by Matthew the evangelist, had the purpose of showing
that Jesus was an eternal pilgrim on this land.
halt in Egypt the evangelist don`t give any details, that` s
why is not a sure thing where the Holy Family stood in Egypt
or for how long.
They probably remained one
year in Egypt, coming back to Palestine after the death of
Irod, as the Saint Matthew mentioned. What it is important
is the fact itself and not the details.
Between Egypt and
Israel, during their history was a secret connection that
can not be defined starting from logical concepts.
Joseph was sold to
Egyptians by his brothers from the inducement of the one
called Judah, in this way having his life saved, because the
others wanted to kill him.
He remained in Egypt and when his brothers were in
danger to die from the drought that raged Canaan, Joseph
saved them with the food from the adoptive country.
saved Israel from death, and Iacov the patriarch who will
give the name of Israel to the chosen nation will come here
too in the Nile`s Valley to live the end of his days. Moses
is also born in Egypt where he and his people will be
He will receive the Low after
living the country.
The Sun of God, will also come in the
country of Egypt, before starting the work of people` s
salvation. Matthew quotes the prophet Osea, who, referring
to the chosen nation, says: “from Egypt I called my son”, an
impressive text with double significance.
prophet had in consideration the call of Israel from Egypt
to receive the Law, but, behind this first meaning, that was
referring to a pas event, being so in the logical order,
through the Osea`s voice talked the Holly Spirit, announced
with centuries before the living of the God` s Sun on the
consideration this prophecy, it seems so that the
halt of Jesus in Egypt was foreseen in the plan of
the divine plan and it represented a necessary step
of His terrestrial itinerary. The human reason will
never be able to scrutinize these mysteries in their
whole depths, they remaining covered by a veil,
through which a stronger light penetrates sometimes,
making them accessible only on their surface. The
fact the Jesus, as a child, running from the Holy
Land, found shelter in Egypt must seen through the
angle of the role which that country played in the
world`s religious history.
Do not forget that Egypt, all over its history, was waiting
for a savior who will save the man from death. Osiris, the
adored god in the Nile` s Valley, appeared as an eternal
triumphant of death and, through this feature, prefigured
the resurrect Jesus.
The entire Egyptian culture was
oriented to a unique goal: the one of assuring the survival
of the human person behind the limit of this world.