Text: Matthew 1:1-17
Joseph took Mary in, knowing this was not his baby. As we gather around the table, we ought to remember that what we do is not so much our doing as it is God’s. We are not here to focus on our guilt, our sin, our unworthiness, nor on our sincerity, our repentance, our piety. We are here to receive a gift that we had no part in creating. We are here to feed upon Christ, to revel in this gift to us. God made promises to our fathers Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David, and He has kept them in Jesus Christ.
At the same time, every gift is a responsibility, and the gift of Jesus is no exception. When Joseph agreed to take Mary as his wife, it brought great responsibility. Here we act out a sign of what we are called to do within. We must receive Jesus with gratitude, in faith. In faith means we believe Jesus was sent by God to save us from our sins, and that He has done that on the cross.