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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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reflection for Thursday December 18, Third week of Advent; Matthew 1:18-25

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.  When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son and he named him Jesus.
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What if Joseph did not listen to the angel of God? Mary could have died violently by way of stoning. For that was the punishment for those caught cheating on their betrothed husband. But Joseph listened to the voice of the angel of God who told him that the fruit of Mary’s womb was brought to her by the Holy Spirit.

We see humility in Joseph, we see obedience and love for God in Joseph and we also see the great love of Joseph for Mary. Deep in his heart Joseph loved Mary to the deepest core of his bones, Mary was his everything. Joseph loved Mary more than his life. If Joseph did not love Mary more than his life he could have easily left Mary and told the authorities about her out of wedlock pregnancy.

Aside from Joseph’s love for Mary, Joseph also loved God for if he did not love God he could have simply brushed aside the angel of God and move-on with his plan of divorcing Mary. But Joseph loved God this is the reason why he listened to the voice of God coursed through an Angel.

In the Sacrament of Matrimony/Marriage the voice of God is an ever present guiding light that couples must always follow. God tells the couples to stay with the Marriage covenant until mortal death breaks it. Of course no marriage is made in heaven, husbands and wives have their own behavioral shortcomings.

However, if couples would make the humility, the love of God and the holiness of both Joseph and Mary their role model in their married life. There would be no divorce; there would be no quarrels that sometimes become violent.

What would only exist is love, love that is humble, love that is truthful and love that is forgiving. Amen. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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