From Inside the Collar
Monday was St Joseph's Day.
Joseph was an ordinary, good man engaged to mysteriously pregnant Mary. By law, betrothal was binding. (Heard of suing for "Breach of Promise"?) He wanted to divorce Mary to get out of the engagement. No righteous man of his day would have married someone pregnant by someone else. It wasn't right.
But when an angel came to him in a dream, he listened and TRUSTED, and went ahead and married Mary! And, he, (an ordinary uneducated man), had to be father to the son of God! Imagine teaching and disciplining Jesus!
If Joseph hadn't married Mary, she would have been stoned for adultery and Jesus would never have been born. But Joseph did the right thing, even though it looked wrong to the religious, and he was Jesus' earthly adopted father. Joseph adopted Jesus, so that God could adopt us.
When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, the first thing Jesus said was "Our Father". He used the word "Abba", the Aramaic equivalent of Daddy. Where do you think he learned that?
Thank you God, for Joseph.
Loaves & Fishes RI
Even in winter, time races by—and already it is time for our February truck run to the Emmanuel House shelter. Every time we take up the bounteous foodstuffs you so generously donate, we wish you could be with us (you can!) to hear how appreciative the men are. They know we are bringing your gifts of love, and when they say “God bless you” they are thanking us for His blessings. They in turn are gifts to all of us. Thank you for being such a loving part of this miracle.
Please consider signing up and joining us in the joy of providing food for our homeless friends at the Emmanuel House Shelter.
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