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Further Advent Reflections on Joseph

Further Advent Reflections on Joseph

December 20, 2018

Joseph is one of the most beloved of Saints, featured in countless works of art and a prominent part of the devotional lives of many.  We know very little about him, yet some powerful themes emerge from the information that we do possess.
Joseph had become betrothed to Mary and this union had been blessed by God.  And then he discovers that his betrothed is pregnant.  Without trying to psychoanalyze Joseph, I think it would be safe to say that this type of news could launch one into a spiritual crisis.  What is he to do?  What does God want him to do?  At one point in the text it says that "Joseph, being a just man, not wanting to expose Mary to shame, decided to divorce her quietly" (Mt. 1:19).  This intrigues me, because, as a "just" man, the correct thing for Joseph to do in this situation under Jewish law would be to turn Mary into the authorities for judgment, which would result in her being stoned to death.  But Joseph doesn't do this.  
In a dream, an angel appears and instructs Joseph not to be afraid.  He is asked to trust that these puzzling events are part of a much greater plan.  What appears to be a disaster to Joseph is meaningful from God's perspective.
So here is the bottom line to all of this:  Joseph was willing, by faith, to cooperate with the divine plan, though he in no way knew its contours or deepest purpose.  Like Mary, he was willing to trust, and to let himself be led.  So, the question for you and for me is:  Are we willing to trust God, even when we cannot see the divine "contours" or know His deeper purpose?
Pastor Thelander

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