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He will save his people from their sins

1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, please forgive us today for our lack of passion to love and forgive others in the way you have so graciously forgiven us. Create in us a heart like your own: faithful, forgiving, and gracious. And loving Lord Jesus, you came to save us from sin and the power of death. May we always rejoice in your salvation and trust in your plan for our life. In the precious name of Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (December 18, 2010)
Saturday of the Third Week of Advent
First Reading:  Jer 23:5-8
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 72:1-2,12-13,18-19.
Gospel:  Matthew: 1:18-25.
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew: 1:18-25)
Pregnancy outside of matrimony was not accepted in those days. Mary was only espoused to Joseph, and such an engagement had to last for an entire year. She was asked to take for granted a great danger. She could have been discarded by Joseph, by her family, by all her own community. Mary knew that Joseph and her family would not appreciate without exposure from God. She however believed and believed in God's promises. Mary had to face a vast confront to her faith and trust in God and to the faith of her relations and Joseph, the man she chose to get married. She was asked to take for granted a burden of tremendous accountability. It had never been heard of before that a child could be born without a usual father. Mary was asked to believe this amazing exemption to the laws of nature. That required confidence and trust in God and in his assurance. Second, Mary was not so far married.
Joseph believed in the heavenly message to take Mary as his wife and to be familiar with the child in her womb as the promised Messiah. Like Mary, Joseph is a replica of faith for us. He is a faithful spectator and servant of God's recounting plan of salvation. Are you ready to think in the promises of God, even when faced with confusing situation and what appeared like insuperable problems? God has not left us alone, but has brought us his only begotten Son, our Lord and redeemer Jesus Christ. Let us rejoice Christmas, the feast of the manifestation, with joyful hearts and let us renovate our faith and hope in God and in his saving work. Joseph, a just and God-fearing man, did not desire to humiliate or punish his espoused wife, Mary when he exposed that she was with child. To all looks she had broken their solemn vow to be faithful and chaste to one another. Joseph, no hesitation took this troubling issue to God in prayer. He was not quick to judge or to react with harm and anger. God rewarded him not only with direction and comfort, but with the divine declaration that he had certainly called Joseph to be the husband of Mary and to suppose a mission that would necessitate the greatest faith, self-assurance, and trust in Almighty God.
How could God be true to his promise to raise up a virtuous King who would rule forever over the house of David? The prophets trusted that God could one way or another “raise up a virtuous shoot” from the stump of Jesse. Like the prophets we are called “in hope to believe next to hope” that God can and will fulfill all his assurance. Do you hold on to the assurance of God at all times, particularly when you are faced with doubt or hardship?


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