Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 8, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Micah 5:1-4a or Romans 8:28-30
Psalm 13:6ab, 6c
Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Today we celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
However, I would like you to consider for a moment, another person in our very
important Gospel reading today. We know very little about Joseph, but it
seems from the moment he enters the Gospels to the last we read about him, he
is confronted with nearly impossible situations. What a trial this must have
been for him!
Even though we know little about Joseph, he serves as an excellent example for
us. We hear today how, as a righteous man, he planned to handle the situation
of his pregnant bride to be. But then, when God tells him to do otherwise, he
follows without question.
As Joseph shows us in the Gospel, it is never wrong to do the right thing. No
matter how awkward the situation might be, we are required to follow the Lordís
commands. No matter how inconvenient, trying, expensive, exhausting and
unaccepted by society, we are required to obey.
So, Joseph married Mary, took the
boy Jesus as his own son, followed the law as he was taught and even fled with them
to Egypt just as he had been commanded even when it would have been much
simpler to stay put and do nothing, or to go back home and take up carpentry
Like Joseph, we must carry the Lord with us throughout our
secular world even when it is much simpler to stay put and do nothing, or when
it is easier to choose a different road that seems easier.
I am thankful for good people like Joseph who show us the way--the right way--to react when faced with seemingly impossible situations.
- Don Claunch, SFO --
Saturday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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