Christmas: Day 6- Joseph

Christmas: Day 6- Joseph

Sixth Sunday of Advent

Day 6. December 6, 2019

Nativity Companion: Joseph

Opening Prayer:God who shows up and believes and defends us, might we be a people who show up for and listen to and believe our neighbors, and in so doing, might we be your people in the world. AMEN.

Scripture- Luke 1:21-23

Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah, and wondered at his delay in the sanctuary.  When he did come out, he could not speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them and remained unable to speak.  When his time of service was ended, he went to his home.

Reflection:

One of the most powerful things a man can do is to take his life and orient it in solidarity and support of others.

I think God knew me well to know that I’d be afraid. I mean, I care what people think too (most of us do at least a little bit). And so the angel showed up and reminded me to live with courage and integrity.

To live the truths I know about who God is and who I am called to be.

This was my moment to grow up and step up.

To tell Mary: “I believe you.”

To live in such a way as to tell the world: “I believe her.”

To live my life as a man who is committed to the God who lifts up the vulnerable and the terrified.

To be a place of safety and care.

And then to bear witness to the power of what God does when you get over your fear of what others think and live from that place of humility, solidarity, and love.

Questions for Consideration:

  • What are ways that you feel pressure to conform to societal expectations of who you are to be? What might be a way that God is inviting you to release these expectations?
  • Who is a person in your life who is very different from you? Take some time to ask them to share with you their experience of the world…and just listen to them with love.

Closing Prayer:

God, might we have the courage to trust you. Might we be people of compassion and humility. Might we listen to our neighbors who are different than us…to hear them and to be in solidarity with them as you lift them up. AMEN.

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