Reflections - December 18, 2016

“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.”  Mt. 1:20.
 
Whenever I listen to this Gospel of Joseph and Mary I am heartened to know that common sense was always present in their lives even when they participated in the plan for Salvation.
 
In the angel’s two manifestations there are noted questions.  For the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ:  “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”  For Joseph:  How will I overcome the obstacles?  The Angel’s answer is:  Do not be afraid to recognize this child and integrate him into your lineage because this is the work of the Holy Spirit.  Joseph gives us an example of serenity, humility and fait to respond to the mission that the Lord gives him.
 
Later other moments will come when he will have to allow the Lord to lead him:
In a strange land to a different culture with a different language and above all very poor and as Pope Francis says:
 
“Do not be afraid for that one for the family of Israel will always listen.  Do not be afraid of the cross and follow me.  Do not be afraid and cheer up because your force comes from Me and above all live with joy, hope and humility”.
 
Joseph enters into the Plan of Salvation with a function.  He is the custodian and guardian of the Son of God, expressly appointed by our good God and Lord.
 
Let us pray to St. Joseph to help us imitate his humility and fidelity to God knowing that in our struggles the Emmanuel, God With Us, the Redeemer of humanity, walks with us as He walks with him.  I leave you with this prayer for Advent.
 
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, protect us throughout our earthly lives so that all united in this waiting will be able to be with You in heaven together with the triumphant Church.  Amen.