December 17, 2015

Advent 3-Thursday-Acceptance

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen

Today we continue to think about Joseph. Yesterday we saw that his first reaction was to quietly divorce Mary. God had different plans. “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.’…When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife” (Matthew 1:20-24)

In this painting by Domingo Martinez, we see the exhausted Joseph and the angel. Sometimes God’s plan for our lives is very different than what we expected. All this week we’ve seen various ways that has played out for Israel, and for Joseph-and for us. For Joseph, this meant a complete change of attitude and the willingness to accept Mary and her ‘shame’, including all the gossip.

When has God’s plan surprised you with a new direction?  

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