First reading Jeremiah 23:5-8

I will raise a virtuous Branch for David

See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks –
when I will raise a virtuous Branch for David,
who will reign as true king and be wise,
practising honesty and integrity in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel dwell in confidence.
And this is the name he will be called:
The-Lord-our-integrity.
 
So, then, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – when people will no longer say, “As the Lord lives who brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt!” but, “As the Lord lives who led back and brought home the descendants of the House of Israel out of the land of the North and from all the countries to which he had dispersed them, to live on their own soil.”
 

Responsorial Psalm 71(72):1-2,12-13,18-19

In his days justice shall flourish, and peace until the moon fails.
 
O God, give your judgement to the king,
  to a king’s son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice
  and your poor in right judgement.
 
In his days justice shall flourish, and peace until the moon fails.
 
For he shall save the poor when they cry
  and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak
  and save the lives of the poor.
 
In his days justice shall flourish, and peace until the moon fails.
 
Blessed be the Lord, God of Israel,
  who alone works wonders,
ever blessed his glorious name.
  Let his glory fill the earth.
Amen! Amen!
 
In his days justice shall flourish, and peace until the moon fails.
 

Gospel Matthew 1:18-24

How Jesus Christ came to be born

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the 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 she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
 
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son
and they will call him Emmanuel,
 
a name which means ‘God-is-with-us.’ When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.
 
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Trust in God

In today’s gospel, Joseph gave his “yes” to God to be the husband of Mary and the father of Jesus. He consented to God’s will even though he was unsure what his “yes” entailed and struggled with his fears of the uncertain future. Yet, Joseph trusted in God. “Even through  Joseph’s fears, God’s will, his history and his plan were at work. Joseph, then, teaches us that faith in God includes believing that he can  work even through our fears, our frailties and our weaknesses. He also teaches us that amid the tempests of life, we must never be afraid to  let the Lord steer our course. At times, we want to be in complete control, yet God always sees the bigger picture” (Pope Francis, Apostolic  Letter Patris Corde).
 
St. Joseph invites us today to never stop trusting in God, even in moments when things do not make sense and even when we do not understand the events we live. May we embrace God’s plan and trust in Him.
 
Question for reflection:
How ready am I to trust God and allow Him to guide me in this journey of life?
 
 
Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year C” by Sr. Sandra Seow FMVD.