Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/121815.cfm
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.
Joseph trusted what the angel told him. He took Mary as his wife and raised the Son of God as his own. How often do you trust what you know comes from God? Do you trust His word as Joseph did or do you run in the other direction? Trust in God, He is your only salvation.
Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank you for the gift of St. Joseph. He is a beautiful example of how to trust in you. May we all follow his example and live for you and with you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever.