In Humble Submission
It’s St Joseph’s Feast day today!!! As we reflect on The Word today we pray for St Joesph’s humble guidance and prayers to bring us closer to our beloved Christ.
The readings today speak on God’s faithfulness and Spirit moving. We are reminded of God’s covenant with David and Abraham, his promise to glorify himself, through these Father’s family and bring all people back into his kingdom.
It’s not David or Abraham who are doing the heavy lifting here today in the readings. But was through these men who had great flaws and sin, God chose to bring himself to the world, his glory in the mess of our lives. As they did, we are called to become aware of our mess, our need for forgiveness and turn to God.
It is only through the humbling ourselves, in our brokenness, to the Will of the Father and trusting in his promise does true glory lie.
These readings set the stage for today’s Gospel. As Joseph enters the scene, betrothed to Mary. Finding that she is with child, is confronted with the challenge to submit himself to The Father’s will. Though this would cost public shame, as well as his own personal desires, Joseph submits himself, trusting that God’s Will is greater. Bringing forth the fruits of our Saviour and Messiah of all the universe.
Today’s readings pose a question.
Am I open and submitting humbly to God our Father’s Will? Trusting that, though it will cost us our all, it will bring a greater glory than ourselves. For the Holy Spirit will move only when we submit to, and lean on God and not ourselves.
Lord Jesus, we pray that you give us the grace to respond in love to You, in our brokenness. As we continue this Lenten journey we ask that You purify us. So that only Your Glory, Your Majesty, Your Holy Spirit is seen in us. Joseph, as you protected, held, and lead the Holy Family, lead us to Mary your spouse and Jesus our Christ and Beloved. Amen
1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16
2nd Reading: Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22
Gospel: Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a