Bishop Barron's Daily Gospel Reflection Sunday, December 18, 2016
Your daily Advent reflection...
Sunday, December 18, 2016
4th Sunday of Advent, Cycle A
today’s Gospel centers on the intriguing figure of Joseph. Joseph is
one of the most beloved of the saints, featured in countless works of
art and prominent in the devotional lives of many. We know almost
nothing about him, yet some very powerful spiritual themes emerge in the
accounts of Joseph. He had become betrothed to Mary and this union had
been blessed by God. And then he finds that his betrothed is pregnant.
must have been an emotional maelstrom for him. And at a deeper level,
it is a spiritual crisis. What does God want him to do? Then the angel
appears to him in a dream and tells him, “Joseph, son of David, do not
be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.” He realizes at that
moment that these puzzling events are part of a much greater plan of
God’s. What appears to be a disaster from his perspective is meaningful
from God’s perspective.
was willing to cooperate with the divine plan, though he in no way knew
its contours or deepest purpose. Like Mary at the annunciation, he
trusted and let himself be led.