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, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25, NRSV)
I try to live my life like Joseph. You see Joseph is a man of integrity. He was about to marry Mary and he found out that she was with child Well this voided the wedding and also would wind Mary up being stoned. But you see Joseph knew that that wasn’t the right thing, so he was going to end things with Mary, but not bring her to public shame so she wouldn’t be killed. He looked out for what was right.
Do we look out for what is right?
For what is Just?
For what is best for everyone?
Do we trust God to lead us through life showing His love to all the world?
Let us rejoice as we wait for Jesus to be born and share the grace and love He has given to us with all of the world.