Thursday, December 16, 2010

Advent reflection -- Dec. 16

This is today’s reflection from “How Far Is It to Bethlehem?” A Spiritual Guide for Advent 2010 by Sr. Carol Perry, S.U. for Marble Collegiate Church.

“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:20

We cannot lose sight of this extraordinary young man who is such a necessary part of our story. Joseph is everyone of us who will not have central billing on life’s stage. He is fidelity and compassion, hard work and no speech, goodness and readiness to serve. We need to spend more time with him as he plans the trip to Bethlehem and wonders what will happen next. He is the model for meeting the totally unexpected and carrying on.

Let us pray for the kind of courage that Joseph must have had, to faithfully walk an unknown road with confidence in God’s grace.

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