Reflection on Matthew 1:18-25 ~
Most of us would agree that Joseph’s reaction of dismissing Mary is justifiable. Imagine how powerful his mystical experience must have been to calm his doubts and fear to treat Jesus as both his and God’s son. Like Joseph, if you are a loving father of a child that is not yours we all are personally grateful as you must be filled with righteousness, grace and trust. My prayers today are for the many children out there who do not know their father.
The Vision of Saint Joseph, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Birth of Jesus 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.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means, “God is with us.” 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 1:18-25.