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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
I think we all find difficulty in choosing the best solutions to life’s problems. Sometimes, we find ourselves in a dilemma, each choice we have seeming unfavorable in every way. Today’s Gospel shows Joseph struggling with his own conflicted mind. He struggles with a difficult situation, and he ultimately places his trust and hope in what God has said to him.
Instead of always trying to tackle our own problems or trying to avoid something we cannot avoid, we should turn to God and ask Him for guidance. What He asks of us is always for our own good. And for the times when we make the wrong choices, God is willing to forgive us and make sure we continue to live in His light.
Are the choices we’ve made during this Lent supported by what God has been saying to us? Are there problems we could turn to God for help? Can we help others realize God’s ability to aid us in any problem?
– Miguel Cadiz ‘20 & Jimmy Stanley ‘20 are members of the Freshman Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
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