While most people love the seasons of Advent and Christmas, because we think, who doesn’t love celebrating a baby coming into the world and contemplating all the blessings in our lives, when we consider the Gospel text from Matthew today we remember that the news of Christ coming might have unearthed some other emotions for certain people like Mary and Joseph. The good news in all of this is that the Holy spirit through baptism is with us just as it was with Joseph and Mary, and it will give us the strength that we need to face the challenges to which we are called and guide us as we seek to live into those callings. We do notgo it alone, for as this story reminds us, we can also give thanks for the gift of Emmanuel, God with us, as we seek to follow God’s call.

Matthew 1:18-25

The Comfort of God Amidst the Challenge of the Call