Matthew 1:18-21 NRSVue

18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be pregnant from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to divorce her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do 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 as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

Some thoughts on this scripture

Joseph often seems a shadowy support role in the nativity scene. I spend some time with him today, appreciating his integrity, valuing his ability to discern and recognising that God gave him a message of encouragement.

Joseph, although he had made up his mind, was prepared to let his dream speak. I ask for the grace to be able to bring my decisions before God, allowing my heart to be shaped and my mind to be changed.