Joseph —(Apostolos Kizilos)

Joseph —(Apostolos Kizilos)

December 23rd– Joseph

Scripture: 

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. (Lk. 2:15-18)

Reflection (Apostolos “Tolly” Kizilos):

Joseph loved Mary and at his betrothal to her, he felt the joy of a blessed man. Everyone knew that Joseph had found the happiness they were all looking for in life. Mary was a modest, bright and beautiful young woman, fit to be a Queen. 

Mary started showing that she was with a child and, naturally, people started to talk. Joseph was a fair-minded person and didn’t want to interrogate Mary. When you love someone, you don’t judge them. But, he knew he hadn’t been near Mary, and couldn’t have gotten her pregnant; that would wait until they married. Mary told him that she would never break her oath to their betrothal. Never– not with any man.

Joseph knew the harshness of the Law for such sins, and would never cause pain to the woman he still loved. He couldn’t quite marry her and still be righteous, but the mercy he felt wouldn’t allow him to let Mary endure the shame of a public split. He thought of divorcing her in secret, without letting her suffer public shame. He didn’t know what was right. He didn’t know what to do.

He was exhausted, and went to sleep.

While he was sleeping, an angel called out, “Joseph, son of David, Mary is innocent, you can marry. Listen, because God is doing a great new thing: The Holy Spirit, God’s everlasting power, has touched Mary and generated her baby.” Joseph jumped from his bed and came face to face with the angel. “Mary will bear a son. Whom You’ll lift up and name ‘Jesus’ and so adopt him as your own and make him a member of King David’s family.” 

Joseph had made a decision. He finally knew what to do.

Question:

What do you listen to when you are faced with a hard decision?

Prayer:

God of perfection, be with us in this time as we face our own choices. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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