A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2020
Immanuel: God With Us
December 18, 2016
Have you ever experienced a time when something weighed heavy on your mind causing you distress? Perhaps you could feel yourself becoming restless or even defensive because you knew you had to make a decision and you knew it was going to be a difficult one that may hurt another. You may have wondered why you were being asked to make such a decision and having to do so was exhausting, an dos you slept on it. And somehow when you awoke you knew what you had to do and you were strengthened in your resolve to move forward. I believe this might just be how it was for Joseph in today’s Gospel from Matthew. He found himself needing to make a decision that he knew would hurt Mary and yet he may have felt it was the only decision that made sense, after all, the child she was carrying was not his. Then God intervened, sending an angel in a dream to Joseph assuring him it was right for him to stay with Mary. Joseph arose and we know the rest of this beautiful story. Mary, Joseph, his distress, his pending decision and the visit in a dream from an angel were all part of God’s plan to reveal himself to humanity. This plan had been in the making for many generations, thousands of years, all of it a gift to us; that which would save us from our sinfulness ensuring our salvation and the gift of eternal life with God.
Most of our life changing decisions are not resolved in a dream, although that is a possibility. Our life changing decisions are best discerned with God as our companion, the Holy Spirit as our guide. To depend on God for his help in decision making is right and good for all of us as baptized Christians for we know the love God has for each of us. He is our loving and forgiving, merciful and compassionate Father who wants only the best for us. He became incarnate, sending his own Son, to companion us in our life journey so that we could be reunited with him forever. Let us accept this incredible gift with gratitude and joy as we celebrate Immanuel: God with us!