December 21, 2014
Text (Gospel Story) Luke 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. He said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you... Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and shall name him Jesus...And Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age...for nothing is impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
Sharing the Mission
Joseph receives little attention these days, even in Advent, but Joseph stands right beside Mary at the center of the stage. Joseph stands, with eager expectation, at the threshold of transcendence. From the darkness of his own limited understanding, he is continually peering into the mystery of God ... Surely he does not understand how this child, who seems like any other, could be “God with us”, but he abandons himself, in faith, to the task of loving the child and educating him. There is something very beautiful about Joseph’s contact with the transcendent mystery of God. He was a carpenter and in the midst of his daily manual labour and family life, Joseph was surrounded by the mystery of God and he penetrated it with faith. He trusted in God’s daily providence.
Prayer to the Holy Family:Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give You my heart and my soul. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe out my soul in peace with You.
In your visits this week, celebrate the family.
(Together) As we prepare for Christmas we pray for the grace to be like Joseph, so that:
For those who live in doubt,
Our lives will be a sign of faith.
For those who live in fear and oppression,
Our lives will be a sign of hope.
For those who do not experience God’s love,
Our lives will be a sign of charity.