Gospel Reflection for December 18, 2014




Today’s Gospel: Matthew 1: 18 – 25

Joseph was between a rock and  a hard place. His betrothed had told him an unbelievable story: she was pregnant and yet she had been faithful to him. It was through an act of God. How could that be?

He believed in his betrothed, he loved her. He had always loved her. He could not bear to expose her to shame or worse yet, risk having her stoned. But he could not marry her. He would have to divorce her quietly. But the very thought of it broke his heart.

Yes, Joseph was between a rock and a hard place. What to do?

Have you ever found yourself forced to choose between two unpleasant, perhaps heartbreaking decisions? What was your first impulse?

Joseph was lucky; the Lord interceded in his dreams. Through an angel He told him what to do. When Joseph awoke, he knew he must trust in God and take Mary as his wife. His heart leapt for joy but at the same time his mind was filled with questions: what would come next?


If I were Joseph, how would I have reacted? Would I be able to accept what the Lord was telling me even if it defied worldly logic?


Lord, grant me the grace to recognize your voice and discern your thoughts for me. Help me to obey Your call no matter how foolish it may seem, for I know your great wisdom is foolishness to the wise of this world. Help me to trust that everything You do for me is for my greater good. Amen.

Copyright 2014 Susan Bailey


About Author

Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

1 Comment

  1. Susan, this: “Lord, grant me the grace to recognize your voice and discern your thoughts for me.” I always envy those, who like Joseph, hear directly God’s “voice” in their lives. For me, it seems to be a struggle to stay still in my prayer long enough to discern… helpful to have your reflection and St. Joseph’s role model to guide my prayer time today!

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