Advent Reflection – Day 20

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This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.  – Mt 1:18-19

…then life happens!

I am quite sure this was not the plan that Mary and Joseph imagined or put together for their marriage.  Yet, this is what came their way and they had to deal with it.  Wow.  What do we do now?  Joseph puts together a plan that he thought would be best.  He has all the good intentions.  Doesn’t wish to harm Mary in any way.  He obviously loves her, but given this news…marriage is certainly off the table now.  This is his plan.

How about you?  What plans, goals, objectives have you put forth in your life?  How are these plans going?  Are they happening just as you have set them forth or have things/circumstances come into play that you just didn’t imagine?  If so, perhaps you can understand where Mary and Joseph find themselves in the Gospel story today.

Despite these circumstances that Joseph encounters and the plan that he has put together, he remains open to God’s plan.

“Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.”

Can you imagine Joseph thinking – Really.  This is what you want me to do?  I already have a plan and, I think, it’s a pretty good one!

Has this ever happened to you?  I know I’ve had some great plans!  God, however, had other ones and they turned out MUCH better.  We must learn to trust that God’s plan are much better and do like Joseph.

When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.

God, give us the courage to trust in your ways and not our own plans.  Your love for us will lead and guide us back to you – the source of our true joy. Amen.

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