ST. JOSEPH: OUR HUMAN FATHER FIGURE
Posted by: encourageny on December 18, 2018 previous - next
Have you ever had your heart broken? Have love slip through your fingertips? It has happened to us all in one way or another. Being EnCourage parents we know this pain well. We wonder why God hasn’t come to our aid yet. We ask always why and what did I do wrong and what can I do to make it better.
Today, reading the gospel passage from Matthew (see below) I have come to the conclusion that, perhaps, God has given us the example to follow on our journey, painful with the cross we carry, that shows us how we should be.
Saint Joseph, the one with no documented words in scripture, shows us what true faith and love is. I could not imagine that the one I committed my undying love, to become pregnant without me. Not to mention without taking our wedding vows. Yet, that is what Joseph faces, and may I mention, without the celebrated new millennium values.
Now extrapulate that to our current situation. We love our children even when we they test our last strand of patience. Somehow, that seems to make it harder to deal with when finding out they are encumbered with SSA. We wonder where we failed, did or didn’t do. We know the road they embark on is far from smooth and don’t want to let them journey it alone.
Saint Joseph, brazen with the word of God through the Angel Gabriel, eschewed his plan of a quiet divorce of MARY and chose to put his full faith and future in The Mighty One. His was a “A Decision of Love” proving he IS (Yes He is still very much alive if we let him be) a man of profound faith and love.
Now the challenge for us, those who choose the Church’s teaching, to choose which fork in the road of beliefs we choose. Do we find our inspiration through Joseph, who marched onward in faith and trust in the Almighty? Do we trust our Lord and God implicitly? Will we display the fortitude to march forward in living as St. Joseph showed us how to?
We must allow God to work in us and within us. Use us as an instrument just like HE did with Joseph. Ultimately, HIS love for us will provide what we need.
But we need to be ready, willing and ready to accept it unconditionally.
Let us ourselves renew in this Advent, a desire for heroic commitment. Our faith leaps forward in exercising decisions moved by intense love. Let us not allow it to bypass us!
GOD BLESS YOU THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON
The Birth of Jesus.
18Now 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.
19Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,* yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.
20j 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.
21She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,* because he will save his people from their sins.”
22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means “God is with us.”
24When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.
25He had no relations with her until she bore a son,* and he named him Jesus.