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Seeing Your Life through the Lens of the Gospels - Matthew 1:18-24

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1. As we move into prayer on the passage, we move from consideration of the mystery of how ‘God with us' was revealed to the world in the person of Jesus 2000 years ago, to a reflection on how we become aware of ‘God with us' now in our daily lives.

2. It took some time for Joseph to accept the fact that, in Mary, there truly was Emmanuel - God with us. God is with us now, but at times we struggle to perceive God's presence. Where have you unexpectedly discovered the presence of ‘God with you'? Recall those experiences and give thanks.

3. Joseph was confused and uncertain about what he should do. It took time, and outside help, for him to discern what his next step should be. Perhaps you have also had difficulties along the way to some decisions or commitments. Recall that journey and the moments when it became clear to you what was being asked of you. Give thanks for the angels who helped you along the way.

4. Mary bore Jesus within her, unseen to all, and unacknowledged by most. In Joseph she found one who believed in the treasure that she bore. We can be bearers of Jesus to others, and they to us. When have you been that kind of a bearer of Jesus to another? Who has been that to you?

Published Sat 21st Dec 2019 23:28:14
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