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Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a
was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of
her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. Now
this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before
they lived together, she was found with child through the
Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous
man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to
divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the
angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream
and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid
to take Mary your wife into your home. For it
is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been
conceived in her. She will bear a son and you
are to name him Jesus, because he will save his
people from their sins." When Joseph awoke, he did as
the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took
his wife into his home.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, in spite of difficulties I
trust in your love and mercy. I believe in you,
I hope in you, and I love you above all
things. These ingredients – faith, hope and love – will
help strengthen me for today’s battle. Lord, I entrust myself
to you unconditionally.
Petition: Lord, grant me a clean
conscience like that of your foster father, Joseph.
1. My Situation:
A danger could exist on our spiritual journey. When everything
is quiet, works well and is intelligible, or when others
esteem our efforts, our life seems to flourish. On the
other hand, when everything is tough, humiliating or painful, a
repugnance seems to cast a gray cloud over us. We
may even begin to wonder if God still loves us.
We need to keep our faith in God strong always.
Joseph is a good example for us to emulate, for
he did not become discouraged easily when undergoing trials.
2. A Clean
Conscience: Joseph, a just man, wanted to believe Mary’s story,
but the facts were too harsh to comprehend. He loved
and cared for Mary, but he felt betrayed. Since he
had a clean conscience, he tried to dismiss the perfect
dream of taking Mary to be his wife and decided
to divorce her quietly. God, seeing Joseph’s honesty, communicated to
him the truth about Mary’s integrity. A message in a
dream was enough to convince his willing heart. How willing
am I to believe the works of God in my
life? How willing am I to fulfill God’s will?
3. Not All
Is Easy for a Just Man: God chose a man
of great integrity and detail to shoulder the daunting responsibility
of raising his Son. Would Joseph ever have imagined that
five months after taking Mary into his home he would
have to take her to Bethlehem without any comforts or
security during the journey? Would he ever have imagined that
he would have to flee to Egypt, dodging swords and
soldiers? This was the price he paid for being an
honorable man. However, the Lord rewarded Joseph with being the
foster father of the Creator of the Universe, with all
the blessings and satisfactions that this would imply.
Conversation with Christ: O
Christ, King and Lord, your foster father Saint Joseph provides
me with an example of courage in bearing serenely the
weight of life’s crosses and difficulties. Help me to see
the beauty of giving limitlessly and surrendering my life to
Resolution: I will chat with Saint Joseph at some moment
during the day, asking him to teach me how to
be serene in times of trial.