Posted by: livingscripture | December 18, 2009

Third Friday of Advent

From the Word of the Day


All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet.

                                                                Matthew 1: 22

 How should we live this Word

 Matthew continues to root Jesus in the history of the Israelite people.  He points out the continuity between the prophecies about the Messiah and the generation and birth of Jesus, the fulfillment of the promises.  He cites the prophet Isaiah, ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel’ which means, ‘God with us’.  (7: 14)  God’s grand plan is being realized in the Gospel and Joseph, Mary’s betrothed, is involved as well.

 The fact that Mary was pregnant had upset and confused him because he was a just man and lived according to the law.  He loved Mary and did not want to think evil of her, but there was the law.  While Joseph was preoccupied in seeking a human solution to the problem, God intervened in a dream and reassured him.  He entrusted him with a mission in the story of salvation.  “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.” 

 Joseph humbly accepts God’s will and takes Mary into his home.  He will be the one to name Jesus, as this was the prerogative of the father and meant that he fully accepted the child.  Thus Jesus becomes a ‘son of David’, the Savior of His people.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the ‘power’ of God’s intervention in Joseph’s life and all the plans of this young bridegroom that were overturned and reoriented into a greater Plan, that of God.

 Lord, You have plans of love for me as well.  Grant that I too, like Joseph, can recognize what You want of me and that I may accept it with simple faith and generous love.

The voice of Meister Eckhart, Mystic

 The highest achievement of faith is to remain in silence so that God may speak and work interiorly.


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