Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 3 Simbang Gabi


This morning's homily was about Jesus' human father, St. Joseph...

about what kind of a man he was... that despite at first having thought that Mary for all intents "cheated" on him, he wasn't about to put her to shame by divorcing her publicly... he planned to do it in silence...and then when he learned of the truth regarding Mary's pregnancy, he went on and did the right thing.. He obeyed the will of the Lord and followed without doubt... He raised Jesus' as his own son and I think he might even be quite proud and humbled that he was chosen to be Jesus' foster father.



I think Joseph's role in the life of Jesus' has been downplayed since we all know that Jesus' is God's son, and God is his father, we often forget the role Joseph played... well, I would admit, I did... I don't often think of St. Joseph but realization dawned on me that it might not be that easy for him to do as the Lord has told, coz my father was a chronic womanizer and I have seen how this hurt my mom and our family... so just thinking about it, specially during their time, it's hard to imagine how he must have felt when he found out that his betrothed  Mary was pregnant.. I can imagine how hard it was for him to contain himself from shouting out in anger, and lashing out on Mary... how betrayed he might have felt...

But God in his infinite wisdom knows the heart of each and everyone of us, and HE knows that Joseph is a faithful servant and so is Mary and HE knows that they will be able to carry out the task He has for them of caring for HIS SON, until the time comes when JESUS need to fulfill His own destiny...

Lord, I pray that I maybe like St. Joseph... faithful and obedient, even during the hardest times and trials, I pray that I can have the faith he had and that I can fulfill what you want me to do in all eagerness and joy. May I have the strength to prod on when times seem to be tough. Grant me the humility to know nothing bad comes from you, teach me to know that YOU want whats best for me and even if everything seems to be in vain, YOUR name will be glorified through my faith in YOU and BELIEF that YOUR LOVE endures and will never depart from me.... Thank you Lord.