Advent Devotion, December 18

Another Yes?
By Mrs Pat Weaver

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,  but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.  (Matthew 1: 24-25)

In a previous meditation, I wrote about Mary’s “yes” to God’s call in her life.  In Matthew 1:18-25, in the Gospel reading, we read about Joseph’s “yes”.  Joseph had made a good plan of his own after finding out that his betrothed was “with child”.  He had every right to expose her and have her stoned to death, but he had decided not to do that and instead to just quietly slip out of the picture.  It was a loving plan.  He was giving up his rights and protecting Mary.  Wasn’t that a loving and noble and “Godly” thing to do?  How could that not please God?

I can identify with Joseph’s initial response.  I hate to make a “fuss”.  I love harmony and peaceful environments.  I want everyone to be happy and get along.  I’ll give up my “rights” if it will bring harmony.  “You choose the restaurant”….it doesn’t matter to me”.  Let me just quietly slip into the background.  Joseph could just go back to carpentry and throw himself into a project of some kind.

 

But that was not God’s plan.  Not every good thing is God’s thing!  God was not asking Joseph to give up his rights.  He was asking him to give up EVERYTHING!  Yup, that big a risk.  Trust God’s word as delivered by the angel in his sleep.  Mary would know within a few weeks that she was pregnant. What reassurance did Joseph ever have that what the angel said was true?  And yet he said “yes”.

God may be asking us to take a big risk too. Not just do the good thing but to do His thing.  Fr. Tom asked our life group recently what we were willing to risk for the Gospel.  In soul searching, I am afraid I discovered “not enough” was my answer.  I pray that this Advent will be a time of repentance and increased willingness to do “God’s thing” as the Christmas season and 2013 unfold…