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Jeremiah 23:5-8
Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19
Matthew 1:18-25

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joseph, an expert on christmas

"Joseph, son of David, have no fear about taking Mary as your wife. It is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived this Child. She is to have a Son and you are to name Him Jesus." —Matthew 1:20-21

To prepare us for Christ's Christmas coming, the Church introduced us yesterday to Judah (Gn 49:8). We have already been introduced to John the Baptizer, Elijah, Francis Xavier, Juan Diego, Lucy, John of the Cross, and other Advent saints. Of course, Mary, the immaculately conceived mother of God and our Lady of Guadalupe, is the major saint the Lord has chosen to prepare us for His Christmas coming.

Also, St. Joseph is being more and more recognized as exceptionally important to the Church and her preparation for Christ's Christmas coming. St. Joseph was present for the first Christmas, and he is greatly anointed by his Foster-Son to help us be present for this Christmas season. Joseph teaches us to have faith in the Lord even when we don't or can't understand what He's doing. Joseph models fearless (see Mt 1:20) obedience to the Lord's call (Mt 1:24). Joseph shows us an example of poverty at the manger (Lk 2:7), forgiveness for enemies, and courage in decision-making (see Mt 2:13ff).

This Christmas more than ever, St. Joseph, pray for us!

Prayer:  Father, deepen my devotion to St. Joseph so as to deepen my worship of You.

Promise:  "I will raise up a righteous Shoot to David." —Jer 23:5

Praise:  "O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, Who showed Yourself to Moses in the burning bush, Who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out Your mighty hand to set us free."

Reference:  (Do you need some time alone with the Lord? Consider a silent retreat. Contact us at Our Lady of Guadalupe Discipleship Center, 937-587-5464 or 513-373-2397 to see what we have to offer.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 16, 2018

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