Throughout our Bible Studies we have tried to Identify with the characters in the Bible. We have done this so that we can have a better understanding of God's Word. And in the process have a better understanding of ourselves. Along with identification, we use Prayerful Meditation which enhances the results we have obtained from identifying.
When we do these things while contemplating the birth of Jesus Christ can we understand any of God's Truths? Can we see how our actions or none actions have brought life into the world or death?
St. Joseph, the husband of Mother Mary and the earthly father of Jesus did the right thing. Think about how he could have tossed her away by telling her that he did not want anything to do with her or the baby in her womb. Think about how he could have listened to the people, people in his family, the clergy, people he worked with, etc who all were telling him not to marry Mary and to toss her and baby Jesus aside.
Then for the women, you can identify with Mary. You are, or you were very young. You are, or you found yourself pregnant with child. A child that you believe is a miracle from God. And yet, because you are young, because you have no finances, no job, no worldly security at all, you are happy and sad at the same time. You know this man named Joseph is a good man and that he comes from a good family. You know that you can tell him and put all your trust in him that he will do the right thing. So, you tell him, and you wait, and you wait, your waiting may have only been a few hours or a few days but to you it seemed like an eternity before he responds to you. And when he tells you that he will marry you, the tears come flowing because you know your life will be forever changed but you also know that you will be blessed by bringing the greatest gift into this world, the gift of life.
Forty Five years ago I received a phone call at three in the morning while I was in basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas . It was the mother of my girl friend telling me that her daughter was pregnant and that she knew that we loved each other and that we should get married.
Like St. Joseph, I had everybody that you could possibly think of telling me not to marry this girl. Most of them said that it was not my responsibility (really?) and others said that if I did this my life would be ruined, (really?). What about the life of the baby in the womb? Would that baby live if I said no, or would it have been aborted? We do not know the answer to this question but the way our culture was heading at the time my money would be placed on the latter.
I was asking myself lately what was the greatest thing I have ever done in my life, if any? Yes, I have helped many people find God and helped them get closer to Him. Yes, I have bumped heads with some of the most affluent people in our country. Yes, I have had many blessings, many healings, and many prayers answered. And yet, while doing a meditation on the reading for Wednesday December 18, 2013 from the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 1 verses 18-25, I was able to see not only the goodness of St. Joseph, but his greatness. And the greatest thing he did in his life was to marry Mary and choose life over death. I too, now know of the greatest thing I have ever done. Praise God thank You Jesus.