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Joseph’s attention to the Lord

Reflection:

Many of the early events in the gospels illustrate Joseph’s keen ability to hear the voice of God and respond accordingly. Whether it be listening to the angel of the Lord in a dream and deciding to take Mary into his home or fleeing to Egypt with his family even though Egypt was not a popular place for Israelites given their historical exodus. With the countless demands on a fathers time these stories regarding St Joseph re-emphasize the importance of not simply allowing the daily tasks that are the more vocal and demanding from taking up the entire day. Spending time in prayer and seeking to grow in wisdom and prudence can be the most essential elements for fatherhood even though responsibilities exist such as playing with the children, assisting them with homework, and listening to the wife share the events of her day. St Joseph grant us the wisdom necessary to properly plan out our daily schedules.

Reading (Matthew 2: 13 – 18):

When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:

A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children,
and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.

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December 28, 2010 - Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections

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