Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24
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. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 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. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife.
The gospel for today is from Matthew 1:18-24 which is a very special gospel to us all. This gospel tells us the story of how Joseph accepted his fate to be the foster father of the Savior. Joseph did not understand what is happening yet he accepted Mary without hesitations.
Matthew 1:18-24 tells us the amazing news for Joseph. He is with the Holy Spirit and he knew that the unborn child Mary is carrying will be the great Savior. Joseph is a model of faith and obedience for he followed the will of God.
To reflect the gospel from Matthew 1:18-24, how are we related to Joseph? To become good Christians, we are bound to be strong in our faith in God at all times. Like Joseph, he accepted his fate with open arms and he trust God most of all. So, if this has to be us, how are we to be like Joseph?
Most of the times we struggle in real life situations. Of course, we are not born with silver spoons so we must meet both ends to survive. Even with all the struggles in life, still we have faith in God that we can survive everything. Like Joseph in the gospel from Matthew 1:18-24, we are bound by faith.
Matthew 1:18-24 is a reminder that we all must be like Joseph. We should trust the will of God in our lives. We have to remember that God is a great giver so all that we wish to have will have its realization. God will grant us what our hearts desire the most.
May the gospel from Matthew 1:18-24 open our eyes to understand how important it is to put our trust in God. With everything going through at present, only God can give us the courage and assurance to do well in life. – Clea | Helpline PH