Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a
Lord, in spite of difficulties, I trust in your love and mercy. I believe in you, I hope in you, and I love you above all things. These ingredients – faith, hope and love – will help intensify strengthen my resilience for today’s battle. Lord, I entrust myself to you unconditionally.
Lord, grant me a clean conscience like that of your foster father, Joseph.
1. My Situation:
A danger could exist on my spiritual journey. When everything is quiet, works well and is intelligible, or when others esteem my efforts, my life seems to flourish. On the other hand, when all everything is tough, humiliating or painful, there seems to appear a repugnance that seems to cast a gray cloud over me. I might even begin to wonder if God still loves me. I need to keep my faith in God strong always. Joseph is a good example for me us to emulate, for he did in not becoming become discouraged easily when undergoing trials.
2. A Clean Conscience:
Joseph, a just man, wanted to believe Mary’s story, but the facts were too harsh to comprehend. He loved and cared for Mary, but he felt betrayed. Since he had a clean conscience, he tried to dismiss the perfect dream of taking Mary to be his wife. He felt betrayed and decided to divorce her quietly. God, seeing Joseph’s honesty, communicated to him the truth about Mary’s integrity. A message in a dream was enough to convince his willing heart. How willing am I to believe the works of God in my life? How willing am I to fulfill God’s will?
3. Not All Is Easy for a Just Man:
God chose a man of great detail integrity and integrity detail to shoulder the daunting responsibility of raising his son. Would Joseph ever have imagined that after taking Mary into his home, he would have to usher take her down to Bethlehem for a census nine months later without any comforts or security during the journey? Would he ever have imagined that he would have to flee to Egypt, dodging swords and soldiers? This was the price he paid for being an honest honorable man. But However, the Lord rewarded Joseph with being the foster father of the Creator of the universe, with all the interior blessings and satisfactions that this would later imply.
O Christ, king and Lord, your foster father Saint Joseph provides me with an example of courage to serenely bearing serenely the weight of life’s crosses and difficulties. Help me to see the beauty of giving myself without limit and surrendering my life to you.
I will talk with Saint Joseph during the day, and ask him to teach me how to be serene in times of trial.
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