A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 1:18-24
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 conceive 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." The Gospel of the Lord
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit
Let us ponder Joseph. We hear, "he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her," we learn something so beautiful about this manly heart of Joseph, who allowed himself to be governed/guided by a higher law-the law of Love. He had been brought up with knowledge of the customs, laws and observances of his faith. He knew what the infractions meant and what the repercussions were, yet he was unwilling to do this, and sought silently in the depths of his heart, for the light of Faith and the might of Love to lead him to a merciful way of facing this pain in his heart. We do not hear any vocal discernment of his, for he is silent. We only hear and come to know of the intentions of his heart, "decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention." God's Love ruled his mind and his heart, God's Love governed his actions. What can we learn from him about discerning difficult problems that weigh our hearts down? For one thing perhaps, even when one feels they have reached the right discernment, sleep on it! The Lord can speak to us, even in our sleep. What can we learn from him about after the Lord's speaks to the one's heart? Perhaps to follow that without rehashing the discernment any further; "When Joseph awoke he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him." In the end of discernment is that "yes" to God! Joseph gave a yes to God by taking Mary into his home, he welcomed the lead of Love. In this sacred time of Advent, what is robbing my heart of peace, not allowing the lead of Love in my life? What can I learn from St. Joseph?
Prayer Lord, increase my Faith and teach me to pray for to pray is to Love and I want to love you. Amen