Reflection on Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24A ~
To be a father of a yet to be born child, who you know is not yours, takes a special kind of love. Men, think about this for a moment, would you do it? Could you be Joseph? Would you have to be filled with righteousness and the grace and love of the Lord to do so? These glorious “Yes(s)” occur every day and everywhere around the world. Would it fill you with joy to hear the media announcing these “Good News” interventions? God bless these men.
The Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
16Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.
18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, .
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24A.