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Matthew 1:18-24

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us." When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife.

Matthew 1:18-24
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    • Joseph is being taught a lesson about the surprising ways in which God works. Surely God is saying something here about the divine ability to bring good even out of situations the world thinks scandalous! ‘Nothing is impossible to God.’
    • ‘God is with us!’ Sacred Space reminds us that every time we pray, God is with us. And every time we respond to the promptings of the good Spirit, God is with us in what we do. God is now present in the world as never before. We are surrounded by God.
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    • Joseph is faced with a heart-breaking dilemma. His life is in turmoil because he loves Mary so much. Let me imagine for a few moments how welcome the angel’s message must have been to him! How quickly he acts, allowing himself to follow his heart and not allowing his sense of legal obligation to rule.
    • How often in scripture does the quiet prompting of the Spirit come from within, in the form of a dream. How sensitive must the dreamers have been, to recognise the Spirit in their hearts. Do I invite the Spirit to prompt me? How ready am I to hear what the Spirit might suggest?
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    • Emmanuel – ‘God is with us’. There is never an instant when he is not with me. With him, I make my own soul every day of my earthly life. I need have no fear of the changes of life. Instead, I see them for what they are – as surprising stages along my journey home with him.
    • How can I be Emmanuel for the people in my life?
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    • When God breaks in to human affairs it causes surprises and not a little initial upset.
    • What must Joseph's first reaction have been? How could he have known what mysteries were afoot? Can I follow in imagination the steps he must have gone through before humbly accommodating himself to God's plans?
    • What does this reality of God's "breaking in" say to my life and experience?
    • What do we know about St Joseph? That he loved Mary so much that he suppressed his doubts about her chastity to allow himself to be regarded as the father of her child, knowing that he wasn’t; that he brought up that child as his own, despite great difficulties and dangers, particularly at the start; that he taught him his trade; that he loved him; and that Jesus’ virile health as an adult is proof of good parenting by his foster-father. Joseph is the obvious patron of adoptive fathers.
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    • When God breaks in to human affairs it causes surprises and not a little initial upset.
    • What must Joseph's first reaction have been? How could he have known what mysteries were afoot? Can I follow in imagination the steps he must have gone through before humbly accommodating himself to God's plans?
    • What does this reality of God's "breaking in" say to my life and experience?
    • What do we know about St Joseph? That he loved Mary so much that he suppressed his doubts about her chastity to allow himself to be regarded as the father of her child, knowing that he wasn’t; that he brought up that child as his own, despite great difficulties and dangers, particularly at the start; that he taught him his trade; that he loved him; and that Jesus’ virile health as an adult is proof of good parenting by his foster-father. Joseph is the obvious patron of adoptive fathers.