Candles, Characters, & Carols V- Love

Fidelity. Faithfulness. Endurance. Earnestness. Commitment. Certainty. Joseph.

Pope John Paul II taught in Theology of the Body, that commitment & faithfulness = love- especially for women. Was Mary not truly loved by Joseph as he first decided to divorce her quietly instead of making a scene, but then stayed with her & Jesus after an angelic visit? Joseph was faithful to the tasks given to him- name the baby Jesus, see that he is educated, raise Jesus, etc.

“Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.'” When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.” [Matthew 1:19-24]

Joseph’s commitment to taking care of his child [stepchild?] can be a helpful comparison of God’s love for us, His people. God is faithful to His people, raises us up to spiritual adults, & is committed to His people as shown by the way He gives grace upon grace, the Son as our salvific sacrifice, & guiding presence of the Holy Spirit.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud… It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” [1 Corinthians 13:4,7]

Christmas Hymn by Steve Poole

Mary, Joseph traveled far

to reach the chosen place

Wise men followed a blazing star

With gifts for Christ to grace

Angels came from heaven on high

Proclaiming the newborn King

Shepherds came from fields nearby

Then left with songs to sing

Gifts of love we each can bring

Christ has come, now let us sing

Let your praises ever ring

Glory to the newborn King

Now we often travel home

Nearing Christmas Day

Yet, wise men share with those who roam

Of love and hope, I pray

For angels shout to hear them call

For help from all their strife

Christ lying in a manger stall

Was born to bring new life

Gifts of love we each can bring

Christ has come, now let us sing

Let your praises ever ring

Glory to the newborn King

Glorious day, rejoice and sing

Come to Christ, your praises bring

Let the Christmas carols ring

Glory to the newborn King

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