Joseph's Response

Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. . - Matthew 1:19-25

By: Fernando Castro

When I read the passage of Matthew 1:19, I realized that I never paid attention to the title of it. As the title reads “Joseph accepts Jesus as his son”, I tried to put myself in Joseph’s shoes and was taken back to when I was about to propose to my wife almost 10 years ago just like Joseph was about to embark on a new journey with Mary. 

I remember being excited, going over our spending budget and the honeymoon plans over and over again to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I remember how alive I felt knowing that my life was about to get started. Now I wonder if Joseph felt the same feelings of excitement and joy. Another memory was the unsettling exhilaration of moving to a new country. But then as a married man about to finish school, I panicked. I feared I would not be enough for my future wife along this journey called marriage. I called my brother, who was married a few months before asking him if he had experienced the same thoughts. My brother replied: “Of course, those thoughts went through my head. Good men think about that, but we know that without God, we aren’t good enough. But God is always enough. Has He ever fallen short?” I wonder if Joseph had the same thoughts.

Joseph decided to follow the angel’s direction to take Mary in marriage despite the fears and questions he may have had. Joseph had faith in God.

What I can learn from a Joseph’s story is that God is great in power but He is also gentle and kind. God knew Joseph’s heart so He sent an angel to bring Joseph peace, a peace that really surpasses all understanding. Joseph took a step in faith, as he knew that our God never falls short. In this Advent season, I pray that we can have God’s peace in our hearts and surely know that God never falls short no matter the situation.