Thursday, December 18, 2008

Day 3, Simbang Gabi - Joseph's consent

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24

It may seem too much that the Lord God still has to ask for man's consent to carry out His divine will.

In the case of Joseph, who was an upright man, the angel appeared to him in a dream and explained everything that it was God's plan. Joseph consented.

God risked granting us free will as a sign that we are created in His image and likeness. Joseph and Mary are examples par-excellence of obedience. But in our case in today's world how do we fare as far as obeying God is concerned?

Note then the consequences of not following God's will. He will not reject us, but He would really feel very sad for people not to carry out His will. On the other hand, He rejoices at every gesture of man in which He is consulted. Let us imitate St. Joseph, even though we don't understand what is going on, as long as we put our entire faith in the Lord, everything will be alright.

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