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 the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times (Ave Maria Press), and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message (ACTA Publications), part of their Literary Portals to Prayer series. Along with her blogs Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion, Susan writes for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press.

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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