Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Advent 30 Day Retreat: First Week: Day 3

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Joseph, her fiancĂ©, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. Matthew 1:18-21

St Joseph and the Angel
St Dominic's Priory Church London.

The appearance of the angel signifies that this is a sacred event. The power and presence of God is being manifest in a visible way to Joseph through the dream.

We are reminded of another Joseph in the book of Genesis who also experienced God speaking to him through his dreams.  

God has a plan for each one of us and he has a dream for us and will communicate that dream if we are open to the grace of God.
If you are overwhelmed with discouragement or a feeling of unworthiness then think of the faith of Joseph. If you are gripped by  anxiety then think of the hope of Joseph  who journeyed in difficult circumstances to Egypt and back again (as did the Joseph in Genesis).

If you are angry or resentful then think of the love of Joseph who, along with Mary, was the among the first to see the human face of God in the person of Jesus who came to bring good news and responded to evil by suffering and laying down his life for us.

For the sake of the Kingdom Joseph experienced persecution, struggles, exile and poverty.  His reward was to journey with Jesus and see the beginnings of a new creation and the new and everlasting covenant of God with men and women.
Joseph is an example of how we are to be faithful in good times and difficult times. Be faithful to the Gospel.