husband, since he was a righteous man,
to expose her to shame,
divorce her quietly.
Joseph is a man
burdened with heavy concerns. With struggle and difficulty,
he has made up his mind to resolve this awkward situation as
quietly and lovingly as he can. But then, like Ahaz (in our
first reading), he is confronted by a messenger of God. With
open mind and willing heart, he risks believing in his dream
and then living it into a future. He, with faith and
trusting expectation, joins with Mary in bringing to birth
God's presence among us – Emmanuel!
So, we ask
As you come to
the end of this Advent season:
Do you come with a spirit of weariness,
unable to imagine a different future?
Or, do you come with the spirit of a dreamer
who believes that God continues to be
Emmanuel, God-with-us, coming in ways
unknown before and in ways unexpected?