Reflect Emmanuel is a series of Advent meditations on Emmanuel, our God with us
December 17, 2014Kayla Maurais, Class of 2015
There is something to be said about a man who stays with a woman while she’s carrying a child that isn’t his biological son. Joseph wanted to divorce Mary quietly so she wouldn’t be shamed for being pregnant; that is also a sign of righteous character. Joseph was chosen by God to be Jesus’s father as God chooses all fathers to be fathers. I believe that everything happens for a reason and through devoted love to Mary, Joseph became the saviors father and care provider. The Holy Spirit told Joseph that this child would save people from their sins. After listening to the Angel that spoke to him in his dreams, Joseph gladly accepted the paternal calling.
Reading this, I think of my father and my mother. They were both married young; my mother was my age, twenty-one. I was born to my mother the year she turned twenty-two. As a young girl, my mother didn’t see herself having children. My father, who was one of seven boys, always imagined a large family. After my second sister was born, it became clear to my mother and father that God was calling them to parenthood. Much like Joseph, my father is loyal and righteous as he loves and cares for my mother through the good and bad times. He provides for our family, making sure we have what we need to live out our dreams and flourish as human beings that will someday make a large impact on this world. My mother always used to say that God only gives you what you can handle, and that she must be pretty strong willed because God blessed her with five children. Together, my parents have accepted and taken on God’s challenge to raise a large family and thus far succeeded.
This is like Joseph accepting that he will have a part in raising Jesus, Mary’s son. When we make the decision to become parents, we make the decision to change the world. We bring a new life and contribute to an ever-changing population. Parenthood isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes sacrifice, love, courage, and most of all patience. Mary and Joseph accepted the challenges of bringing our savior into the world, much like my parents accept the challenges of raising five children daily. For that I am blessed.