Based on: 2 Peter 1:16-21
Dear Christians, in this world we are surrounded by spiritual darkness. It is like being in a strange place in the middle of the night. The sky is overcast – no moon, no stars. Other people try to tell us which way to go. They think they know. One says, “Come with me I’ll show you where to go.” Another says, “No, come this way.” None of them have a light to help guide them and we wonder how they know where they’re going? But Look! There is a light. Pay attention to the light! This world is spiritually dark and God’s word is the only sure light able to guide us out of the darkness to our eternal home.
Based on: Matthew 1:18-25
In our gospel for today, we read about Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph. What was going through Joseph’s mind? What kind of emotional ups and downs did he experience at that time before Jesus was born? First, he was going to get married, and that in itself would cause excitement and anticipation. But then he finds out that his wife-to-be seems to have been unfaithful. She is pregnant. How can this be? Matthew tells us that Joseph was a righteous man, and I don’t think he would’ve picked a wife that wasn’t also a God-fearing person. Mary certainly didn’t seem like the type that would cheat on him, but eventually he decides that he will break their engagement promise and send her away quietly.