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Week 3: Friday

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord has said through the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall be with the 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 commanded him and took his wife into his home. (Matthew 1:22-24)

Reflection

Joseph’s commitment to Mary and to the child in her womb caused confusion and pain. He was a devout and honorable man, determined to do what was right. He trusted what he heard God say in his dream and obeyed the command of the angel.
In our own lives our commitment to Jesus can cause discomfort, confusion, even pain. We must depend on God as did Mary and Joseph.

Advent Action

If you haven’t already done so, put up a crèche or some other symbol to remind you of the coming feast.

Prayer

O come, O come, great Lord of Might, Who to your tribes on Sinai’s height In ancient times one gave the Law In cloud and majesty and awe.

 


38 posted on 12/19/2008 8:48:22 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!"  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
 
[Luke 1:27 -31]

Reflection

What should Christians look like to the world in which we live? How could other people know by our words and actions that we are followers of Christ? What should make us distinctive and stand out from non-Christians? How can we be the light of the world and the salt of the earth as our Lord says we should be?

Advent Action

If we are to teach by example, make plans to teach someone  during the Holiday season. A child or friend could learn by your actions.

Prayer

Lord, clarify my vision that I may see You in others and sense You within my own soul.


 

39 posted on 12/19/2008 8:55:47 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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