Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Dream of a Lifetime

Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost. Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately. But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name JESUS. For he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife.
Matthew 1:18-24 (Douay-Rheims Bible)

Prayer Reflection

Dear Father for Joseph his dream was a reality to do your will, that of taking Mary as his wife after she was with child. Most importantly, your child. His ego was left behind and in it's place love became his purpose. What is it about dreams that in our day we always push them aside. Not once realizing that we can be touched by you in them as was Joseph. He didn't discount it to "just a dream," he did what was revealed to him in it. It makes us wonder about our own at times, if in the trials of our lives we are given simple answers to the questions that are buried deep in our thoughts. Except in our day we look to something else entirely when we dream, not really seeing what we need to know. Joseph had the faith of a lifetime he kept God close to his heart, that's why he was chosen to be the spouse of the virgin Mary who was with child. Their union was of the heart to be a model for the family who come after them. Let our family life imitate the blessing of the Holy Couple.

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