Daily Gospel Reflection – Tuesday, March 19

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.

What a gift to receive this Gospel!  It follows the genealogy of Jesus (one of my favorites!) and it shows us that when faced with societal pressure, God can help us overcome that fear.  When we overcome that fear, God blesses us abundantly and opens our lives to great opportunities.

After all that, we have the beautiful verse, “She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,because he will save his people from their sins.”  Amen!

Praise our awesome and generous God.

By Sr. Kelly Williams, Faculty