Genesis 19-21; Matthew 1

Matthew 1:18-25: “Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.  She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.”

All Christian fathers should meditate often on the virtues of St. Joseph.  There is a stained glass window in our adoration chapel titled “The Flight to Egypt” depicting Joseph leading a donkey with the his family on it, and he’s looking back past them with a stern expression, as if he is checking to see if they are being pursued.  One gets the sense that whether it is Herod’s soldiers, bandits, or vacuum cleaner salesmen Joseph is prepared to defend his family to the death.  He personifies the words of St. Paul: “Husbands love your wives as Christ loves the Church.”  Matthew’s description of him was simple: “…for he was a righteous man.”  Lord, help me and all Christian men be righteous men appropriate to their station in life!

GOD’S ANSWER: Pray constantly men for the strength to be the men you need to be, what your loved ones need you to be.  The world is crumbling under the weight of bad leadership.

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