By Barbara E. Reid OP
In Abiding observe, Barbara Reid, OP, takes the Sunday adventure to each day with available weekly meditations at the Lectionary readings of yr A. This selection of articles, together with Scripture readings for Sundays and solemnities by means of reflections, permits readers to meditate at the connection among the sacred textual content and their day-by-day lives. residing with the observe day-to-day invitations us right into a nearer dating with Christ, the God who turned flesh.
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Paul calls “the obedience of faith” in his letter to the Romans. Obedience, as Paul elaborates later in this letter, is not blindly following commands, but comes from hearing, “and what is heard comes through the word of Christ” (Rom 10:17, NRSV). In fact, the word “obedience” (hypakoē) comes from the same root in Greek as does the verb “to hear” (akouein). In the gospel, Joseph’s ability to hear with his heart the cries of his beloved Mary as well as the voice of our empathetic God leads to his faithful obedience.
PRAYING WITH SCRIPTURE 1. Pray for justice and compassion toward immigrants. 2. Listen for God’s directives for how to preserve the life of the most vulnerable. 3. For what do you dream? Talk with God about it. ” Our liturgical celebration today likewise juxtaposes Mary, the Mother of God, and prayer for world peace. Today’s readings speak to us of God’s motherly love and offer Jesus’ mother as an example for how that maternal care becomes enfleshed in humankind. The feast today is not a sentimental exaltation of motherhood, but offers guidance for how men and women alike can engage in maternal work that averts war and builds peace in the human family.
This solution would preserve Joseph’s reputation, but Mary would still be exposed to public shame. The only way to preserve Mary’s honor would be for Joseph to complete his marriage to her and adopt the child as his own. In order for Joseph to make this choice, he has to shift focus away from concern about his own righteousness and reputation, and turn empathetically toward Mary. Only when he can make her the center of his attention, allowing himself to feel her distress, can he make the divinely directed choice that will uphold her honor at the price of his own.