Third Tuesday of Advent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 18, 2018 Third Tuesday of Advent  WORD of the DAY   Now 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. (Matthew  1: 18-19)  How shall I live this Word? Alongside the joy and the attraction of a unique announcement, the call to be the Mother of God, a sign of suffering begins for Mary.  Her maternity is mysterious and really incomprehensible.  Fortunately, Joseph is a righteous man and helped by a dream, takes Mary as his wife. Behind the reserved words of the Gospel account we can intuit a story of questions, of anxiety, of the negative gossip of the neighbors.  But Joseph and Mary entered into a total yes to God’s perspective and walked, notwithstanding the inevitable uncertainty, abandoning themselves to His will.  In prayer today, I will hand myself over to the Lord of my life and I will adore His holy will.  The Voice of Pope...