Andrea Chong, Little Whispers

Let It Go

First Reading
JER 23:5-8

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;
As king he shall reign and govern wisely,
he shall do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah shall be saved,
Israel shall dwell in security.
This is the name they give him:
“The LORD our justice.”

Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,
when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,
who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;
but rather, “As the LORD lives,
who brought the descendants of the house of Israel
up from the land of the north”–
and from all the lands to which I banished them;
they shall again live on their own land.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19
R. (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous deeds.
And blessed forever be his glorious name;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Gospel
MT 1:18-25

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.


 

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“Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.” (Matthew 1:20)

REFLECTION
Most of us fear things that we are not familiar with. In other words, we fear the unknown. Why must we step out of our comfort zone and jump into things that we are not even sure about? We are left asking ourselves questions like “Am I even going to make it out alive?”, “Is this all going to be worth it?” or just a simple “What for?” And sadly, those set of words are usually enough already to make someone forget even doing what they considered doing in the first place. Just two words and one wrong decision could be enough to miss out on a chance that could change their life.

Joseph started out with this fear as well. He was given this responsibility in which he was not even sure was worth sacrificing his whole life for. It was not mentioned in the Gospel, but as a fellow human being, I am sure that he was left with the same questions I have mentioned earlier, one of them specifically being: “What for?” There are a million possible answers he probably gave himself when the question came to mind. But there is only one answer to silence all the other answers, and that is only FAITH. We need to remember to have faith in God that whatever situation we are brought to face is for the betterment of our lives. We need to have no fear of the unknown because the only thing that should be occupying our hearts is the knowledge that God is going to be by our side as we walk through the unknown. Joseph probably just lacked in this knowledge. He probably just let his fear take over his heart, in the same space where it should have been filled with faith instead. That was when God sent the angel to help him regain that faith, and so he then ended up making the right decision to change his life; To let go of his worries and doubts, and to “let God”.

Prayer
Dear Lord, help us to remember that we are not alone, that You are always by our side, through thick and thin. Help us to remember that all things will fall into place as we put our faith in You. Amen.

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