December 17th Fourth Sunday of Advent Refection: (St. Matthew 1:18-24)

It must have been difficult for Saint Joseph to hear about Mary being pregnant.  Probably tired, discouraged and perplexed, he drifts off to sleep one night. Yet the Angel Gabriel appears to him and tells him to take Mary as his wife and that she will be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit.

Whether in grace or no, whether asleep or awake, let us always be open to the grace of God working in our lives. And if He can work through the Angel Gabriel, surely he can work through Our Blessed Mother! And so like Saint Joseph, let us “take Mary into our homes” this Christmas, and may it be a time of grace.

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