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Sunday, December 18, 2016

My Lord says ... Matthew 1:18-24

Photo Courtesy of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church's bulletin


*Sunday Gospel
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.  When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.  Joseph, her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.  Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,  “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take  Mary your wife into your home.  For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.  She will bear a son and you are to name Him, Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 

 Behold, the virgin shall conceive 
and bear a son,
and they shall name Him, 
Emmanuel, which means,  
“God is with us.”    

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.

*In deep thoughts

There was an instance in my life that I didn’t know why it just happened.  I went with the flow without asking why and didn’t feel any  hurt feelings, but compassion and love only.  But one thing I’m sure about  – I’m very happy that I was made to live. 

My mother told me something about me before I was born.  Due to the sudden death of my father, my mother was so desperate and didn’t know how to cope emotionally and financially to raise up three small children and me (not yet born). The unimaginable truth she confessed to me was -- she planned to abort me when I was still four months in her womb. (Oh my! I was stunned, but I still continued to listen to her story.)  She said she was always crying in her grief during her period of pregnancy with me. (It’s no wonder, I become a “Cry Baby” myself.)  It was only after her own mother convinced her not to do it that she decided not to do it.  (Thank you, Lord.  You enlightened and guided my mother.) 

At the end, I didn’t ask my mother what was her feelings after her confession.  I know deep in her heart that she regret thinking about that wrong decision.  Even just a thought of doing such decision, it has caused her pain till in her old age and confessing it to me was a big relief in her mind and heart.  From her emotional trauma during those years, she emerged as a strong person and a winner in my heart today.  As I mentioned earlier --- I’m very happy that I was made to live.  No hurt feelings against my mother. No arguments, but a heart to heart talk with most important thing to give -- forgiveness. No regrets having her as my mother, even though I grew up without a father. She did a lot of sacrifices for us as a single parent.   She did what she could do to provide for us and I’m proud of her as a mother in spite of everything.     

" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a 

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