Readings for Saturday of the Third Week in Advent: Genesis 49:2, 8-10; Psalm 72; Matthew 1:1-17
"Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ." Matthew 1:16
I wonder what thoughts were going through St. Joseph's mind a week before the birth of Jesus? If he and Mary weren't already on their way to Bethlehem, they certainly had be close to departing. By that time, the angel of the Lord had already appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that the child Mary was carrying was conceived by the Holy Spirit; that he was to be named Jesus, and that he would "save people from their sins." (Matthew 1:20-21) But surely this had to leave Joseph with more questions than answers. Nevertheless, Joseph, a "just man," trusted in what God had revealed to him and followed God's will. In a few short days, he would be holding God himself in his arms.
Like is was for St. Joseph, sometimes--no matter how strong our faith may be--it seems like God doesn't answer all of our questions. Why is there so much suffering in the world? Why doesn't He reveal himself more fully. Why do we still struggle with sin? Although there may be good (if not completely satisfying) answers to these questions, at some level we simply have to trust in God and what He has revealed to us. For what He has revealed changed the world forever: that He became man and entered our world as a little child--a child born out of pure Love to die for the sins of the world. Like St. Joseph, let us trust in this revelation and see the Christ child through his eyes.
St. Joseph, ora pro nobis.
God love you.