Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent - 18th December
This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.
Her husband Joseph, being an upright man and wanting to spare her disgrace, decided to divorce her informally.
He had made up his mind to do this when suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.'
Now all this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet:
Look! the virgin is with child and will give birth to a son whom they will call Immanuel, a name which means 'God-is-with-us'.
When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home;
he had not had intercourse with her when she gave birth to a son; and he named him Jesus.
Joseph is, I feel, sometimes the forgotten character of the Advent and Christmas narrative. While Mary was given the highest honour of being the mother of Christ, Joseph was also given the honour of being His guardian. Joseph loved and cared for Jesus as if He were his own son. His courage in accepting God’s will is truly amazing. St. Joseph accepted a truly unique call and was given a great honour
Accepting the will of God can be terrifying. You have to put your total and complete trust in someone else. It makes you vulnerable, but it also gives you strength. When we look to our vocation, acceptance of God’s will and the grace to follow it are such important things. It takes true courage to submit to the will of God, but He gives us the strength we need.
Advent Advantage: Pray for the intercession of Saint Joseph.