DEAR my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 1:18-25
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.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to Jesus Christ.
The Gospel today invites us to prepare ourselves for Jesus Christ’s coming by learning from St. Joseph faith. St. Joseph, a just and God-fearing man, does not wish to embarrass or punish his espoused wife, Mary when he finds that she’s pregnant. But he believes the angel’s message that Mary is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit”. Like Mary, He nonetheless believes and trusts in God’s promises.
St. Joseph, no doubt takes this troubling matter to God in prayer. He is not hasty to judge or to react with hurt and anger. He believes in the divine message to take Mary as his wife and to accept the child in her womb as the promised Messiah.
St. Joseph is a model of faith for us. He is a faithful witness and servant of God’s unfolding plan of redemption. In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we learn from St. Joseph to trust in God’s promises. Let’s be ready to believe in God’s promises because He has not left us alone. He has brought us His only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to whom we worship faithfully.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You has come to save us from sin and the power of death. May we always rejoice in Your salvation and trust in Your divine plan for our lives now and forever. Amen.
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