Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19: Matthew 1:18-24


My Reflections:
What would we do if we were in the predicament of Joseph? Would we also listen to the messenger of God or we will loudly protest the injustice done to our honor and not listen anymore to the angel?

I think that it is safe to say that we will protest the insult done to our personhood. Imagine not fathering the baby that is being carried in the womb of your wife! For a while Joseph quietly opposed the plan of God but he was prevailed upon by the angel. from then on he had no complains whatsoever he simply listened to the angel sent by God.

In Joseph we see a rational man who will ask God questions on what is happening on his life. But upon knowing that he was part of the plan of God for humanity’s he did not ask questions anymore.

What does this say about us? In our journey in this world? We also have our own plans for ourselves, plans to achieve prominent things for our own welfare. But there are times also that it will not become a reality no matter how hard we try to execute it and that’s when we must understand that God has a plan for us. We may never know what his plans are now but He has a plan.

It is said that, when God closes a door in our lives He will certainly open a window. That’s what Saint Joseph did; he patiently acceded to the seemingly shameful will of God for him and yet he became a party to His eternal plan and  he saved the Blessed Mother from condemnation, ridicule even death by stoning.

So let us be patient, let us be humble, let us be discerning to the voice of God and let us have this infinite love for our family for these are all the admirable characters of Saint Joseph. …

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