Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife.
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Many times in our lives we may be faced with challenging decisions or moral dilemmas, just as Joseph was. Joseph had to choose between being the father of a child not his own or divorce Mary quietly so there would not be trouble. Joseph was going to choose his own plan and divorce Mary, until an angel came to him. The angel revealed God’s plan and Joseph followed.
Often we as people may think that we know what’s best for us and our life, but God actually knows what to do. Like Joseph, we need to be open to God’s guidance, even if it is different from what we first thought we would do. We need to trust in God as the problem-solver.
How has God helped you to solve a recent problem? How did God work through little moments and people around you to guide you in making the right choice? Take the time to be aware of God’s guidance in your life.
—Jaide Talmadge, class of 2015, from St. Martin dePorres High School, Cleveland OH.
Holy Joseph, husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus, strengthen my heart and bless my own family. Walk with me today as I go about my daily work. Help make ours a faith-filled family, thoughtful and kind to one another. Draw me closer to our God; help me find my way in life. Show me the face of Jesus. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer TeamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!