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March 19, 2021

St. Joseph

Mt 1: 16, 18-21, 24 Jacob, the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. 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.”  When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 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.  

Trusting partners in the work of the Lord

We flash back to the Annunciation story today when Joseph drifts off into his slumbering fear and shame. But God wakes Joseph up to his heart of love and compassion, helping him to step into his life of partnership, loving father, and holy family.

Fear and shame can confuse us and put us to sleep. Unable to see or hold, hear or know the new life in God, we can drift away. But the voice of love and compassion wants to speak to our hearts. God, who calls out to us in the night, wants us as trusting partners, to share and receive the coming of joy and the birth of new life. 

What can draw me into a spiritual nighttime or slumber?

How do I sense my heart waking up to my love and compassion?

—Carla Orlando coordinates Spiritual Direction Services for the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle.

 

Prayer

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am
following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to love as Christ loved does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore, I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. 

—Thomas Merton


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March 19, 2021

St. Joseph

Mt 1: 16, 18-21, 24 Jacob, the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. 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.”  When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 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.  

Trusting partners in the work of the Lord

We flash back to the Annunciation story today when Joseph drifts off into his slumbering fear and shame. But God wakes Joseph up to his heart of love and compassion, helping him to step into his life of partnership, loving father, and holy family.

Fear and shame can confuse us and put us to sleep. Unable to see or hold, hear or know the new life in God, we can drift away. But the voice of love and compassion wants to speak to our hearts. God, who calls out to us in the night, wants us as trusting partners, to share and receive the coming of joy and the birth of new life. 

What can draw me into a spiritual nighttime or slumber?

How do I sense my heart waking up to my love and compassion?

—Carla Orlando coordinates Spiritual Direction Services for the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle.

 

Prayer

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am
following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to love as Christ loved does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore, I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. 

—Thomas Merton


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