Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

Reflection based on Matthew 1: 18-25

Decisions

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him..." (Matthew 1: 24). Joseph, accepting the angelic instruction not to fear, fulfilled what had to be done. He changed his plans. Do we imagine, given our personal life experiences, that we would respond in the same expansive way? Let your own personal history answer that question. Whatever answer your history pronounces, Joseph, life-experienced, is responsive to it.

The decision that rested upon him after the angel's direction was only the first in a long series of decisions he had to make without angelic intervention. Can we relate to that? Making decisions without the help of angelic intervention!

The decisions Joseph had to make after taking Mary of Nazareth into his home are for us incalculable. She, Virgin-Mother, experienced beyond others, trusted, knowing his shelter. No matter the circumstances splitting his own hear, in decision-making he breathed the serenity of God. A father on earth this Joseph was, drawn from the Father in heaven who fathers well.

Given the witness of the Gospel about him, Joseph's serenity attracts, because his silence has something to say to us. Even if it means changing out plans.


Father in heaven, enable us to draw from you the serenity which Saint Joseph breathed. And in my companionship with him may my days know no loneliness.

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