An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife . . .” (Matthew 1:20b)
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a sign from the Lord as clear as this sometimes? When major life decisions are before us: should we get married, should we have children, should we move cities for work. A clear and concise “yes” or “no” would be pretty awesome. Joseph received a message that in every way changed the course of his life. He would be marrying his true love . . . even though she was pregnant. He would help raise that Boy, the Son of God, along with his true love. The answer to what perplexed Joseph couldn’t be clearer. What if the Lord spoke to us this way? Remember, the Lord certainly does answer our prayers. He speaks to us through His preached and proclaimed Word. And in the Sacrament, He comes to us!
Dear Jesus, hear and answer us when we pray. Amen.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:10)
The love we receive is the love that we share. Endless springs of love flow from the most merciful Lord. His love, demonstrated in His sacrifice, forgiveness, and long-suffering, is instilled within the hearts of His people. Having received full forgiveness of our massive debt, it’s difficult not to share love with others. It’s laughable to take ourselves so seriously that infractions against us remain unforgiven. Love spills out of us when we fully realize and appreciate the depths to which our Lord has gone for us. Genuine, brotherly affection. The type of love that puts the needs and concerns of others before our own. Even to the point we’re challenging each other to see who can do more good for other people. Holding fast to that which is good and abhorring all evil things, we press on untiringly in zeal, hope, and patience.
Dear Lord, your love is tremendous. Let us share it with everyone. Amen.