WORD of the DAY
When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,* and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. (Mt. 2,13-14)
An angel communicates to Joseph God’s plan to keep Baby Jesus safe from the jealousy and envy and anger of Herod. In fact, the king found out from the Magi, the wise men from the East, that the new born child would be the great King. The commanding tone of the Angel ordering an immediate exodus is in regard to this terrible threat.
“Rise, take, flee” are three verbs that of themselves are able to arouse fear of every kind. Joseph’s decision is immediate. The Baby and His Mother are accompanied into Egypt by him. It was no pleasure trip. The Scriptures do not describe the places or the state of mind of the Three Travelers. From that alone we see the fullness of a ‘yes’ to the uncomfortable will of God, without any ifs ands or buts. Telling us that the family left at night is another small descriptive touch to help us to understand better the value and the strength of St. Joseph’s obedience.
Thank you, silent Father, protector of Jesus and guardian of His Virgin Mother! Teach me your obedience to what God wants or permits for me, certain as you were, that God will never want or permit what is bad, but only what is for my good and that of many others God entrusts to me.
The Voice of Frère Roger di Taizé , a great Monk
St. Isaac of Nineveh wrote in the 7th Century that “God can only give us His love”. It is His love that makes faith accessible. But what is faith? Faith is a humble reality, a very humble trust in God. If faith were to become a spiritual claim, it will lead nowhere. Thus, we understand the intuition of St. Augustine: “If you have the simple desire to know God, you already have faith”.