Waking to the Lord’s Plan

Sunday, December 22
Matthew 1:18–23

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Rembrandt – “The Dream of St Joseph” 1650-55
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Two Josephs are with us this season⎯the patriarch and the husband of Mary. The Saturday readings about Joseph in Genesis blend with those in the Gospels relating with Joseph, foster father of Jesus. Both receive directions from God through dreams; both go to Egypt; both are “just men” of the Lord.

Enter into the scene of the Annunciation to Joseph. Imagine his pain before the intervention of the angel. Mary is pregnant by someone else. Just as for the patriarch, Joseph, Mary’s husband moves beyond being a victim of circumstances. He is more concerned for Mary’s well-being than for his own condition. God can work wonders with those who die to self.

Meditate upon Joseph as he falls asleep in anguish; be with him in the wonder of his waking.

The Reading for Today
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Mary found to be with child. v. 18
Being righteous as Joseph. v. 19
Jesus saving us from sin. v. 21
God with us—Emmanuel v. 23

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This is the fourth of four weeks in Advent, Year A.
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Year A is dedicated to the Gospel ofLuke.

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2 thoughts on “Waking to the Lord’s Plan

  1. The past few nights I’ve been waking up quite frequently, very restless. This is a change for me, as I’ve been sleeping better lately. I drifted back to the sleep the first time. The second time I thought, “is there something God is trying to speak to me about?” I started to pray, and asked God to remove any “stuff” that was in the way of my sleeping peacefully.  I had a very vivid dream at one point that awakened me. I was climbing a tall ladder to enter a window which was just within my reach as i stood on the top rung. I had to use all my strength to pull myself through. It seemed very familiar, and I spent some time thinking if I had experienced it before in real life. I remember feeling the thickness of the window ledge, and the smoothness of the painted surface before.   When I entered through the window it was like the top of a lighthouse and I could see for miles in every direction.
    Again, I went to God in prayer and drifted back to sleep.

    We are getting closer to the birth of Jesus. The light of the world is coming.
    In the darkness of the night and my waking, I found comfort from the Lord. Perhaps Jesus was the lighthouse in my dream. Perhaps God is leading me
    to a place I can’t see from my present location.

    Joseph acted in obedience to God’s call, may I do the same.


    • Marilyn, you join the two Josephs in your openness to find God speaking to you in dream images.

      Your interpretation seems to be coming from the energy of the dream itself. May you find confirmation and joy in knowing that God will lead you, for you obviously wish to follow.


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