Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a
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 strengthen me for
today's battle. Lord, I entrust myself to you unconditionally.
Lord, grant me a clean conscience like that of your foster
1. My Situation:
A danger could exist on our spiritual
journey. When everything is quiet, works well and is intelligible, or when others esteem our
efforts, our life seems to flourish. On the other hand, when everything is tough, humiliating or
painful, a repugnance seems to cast a gray cloud over us. We may even begin to wonder if God still
loves us. We need to keep our faith in God strong always. Joseph is a good example for us to
emulate, for he did not become discouraged easily when undergoing trials.
2. A Clean
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 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
God chose a man of great integrity and detail to shoulder the daunting responsibility of
raising his Son. Would Joseph ever have imagined that five months after taking Mary into his home he
would have to take her to Bethlehem 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 honorable man. However, the Lord rewarded Joseph with being the foster
father of the Creator of the Universe, with all the blessings and satisfactions that this would
Conversation with Christ:
O Christ, King and Lord, your foster father
Saint Joseph provides me
with an example of courage in bearing serenely the weight of
and difficulties. Help me to see the beauty of giving limitlessly and
surrendering my life to you.
I will chat with Saint
Joseph at some moment during the day, asking him to teach me how to be serene in times of trial.