Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a
Jacob 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
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.
grant me a clean conscience like that of your foster
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
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 you.
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