Matthew 1: 18-21
Now the birth of JesusChrist was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Everyone knows the story of the birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. We have heard this Scripture read many times at our services. But have you really listened to the message?
For me, one of the most important parts of this passage is the part St. Joseph played. He was asked to take Mary as his wife even though she was already pregnant with a child that was not his. Sure, he thought about just leaving her quietly so she wouldn’t be embarrassed. But, when the angel of the Lord came to him and asked him to still go through with it, Joseph said yes. What faith and courage Joseph had! Without his buy-in, the future would have been completely different for all of us.
So, on Christmas Day, when we are all focused on Mary and Jesus, don’t forget to include St. Joseph. His faith in God and His mission for him put into motion all God’s plans, which includes our salvation through His son, Jesus Christ. Thank you St. Joseph for also saying yes to God as Mary did.
Have a blessed Christmas!
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