December 10: Matthew 1:18-21
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 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. 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.”
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the example of Joseph, who despite what appeared to be a betrayal by the person closest to him, nevertheless took her feelings into account through his response. And thank you that as a result, he became part of the greatest story ever told. Help us to follow in the footsteps of Joseph, ever conscious of the feelings of others, even those who subject us to worry and hurt. Amen.