Today we reflect on the journey of Joseph and Mary as they head toward Bethlehem, the ancestral home city of Joseph. Surely, with Mary near the end of her confinement, the journey must have been slow and uncomfortable. Even though both were chosen by God to complete his purpose, we sometimes forget that Mary and Joseph were human beings with the same fears and anxiety that all of us have from time to time.
Reflect today on Joseph, bearing up and supporting his wife in her pain and worry. He knew that the son to be born was to be the redeemer of Israel. Still, as a man, he had to worry about Mary’s safety in a time when many women died in childbirth. Did he consider what his role would be as the father of the Messiah?
Reflect today on Mary, the mother of Jesus. Did she fear the pain that she would feel in giving birth to her son. She knew that he was destined to do great things. Did she have an inkling that he would give his life for all of us? Was she afraid that the circumstances of his conception would cause division between her and her husband?
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus!