Week Two Reflection: The Annunciation to Joseph
Verses to memorize
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. (Matt. 1:21)
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
- “The Annunciation”, the first Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, refers to the visit of
the angel Gabriel to Mary, announcing that she would become the
mother of Jesus. Q: Are there really two “annunciations” in the
Gospels? A: Yes, the passage above from the Gospel of Matthew
fills out the story of Mary’s pregnancy (or the Incarnation), with the
account of the announcement to St. Joseph. God did not leave
Joseph in the dark. Q: Did God have a plan for Joseph? A. Yes!
- Q: What does it mean when the Gospel says, “Mary was found
to be with child by the Holy Spirit”? A: Mary did not become pregnant
in the natural or physical way of a man and a woman. She conceived
Jesus in her womb by a miracle of God the Father who sent the
his Holy Spirit to her after she said “yes” to the angel Gabriel (Lk 1:38)
- But this season of the Family Bible Challenge, our focus is not on
Mary. We are looking at the Annunciation through the eyes, mind and
heart of Joseph. Q: What was Joseph’s reaction to Mary’s pregnancy?
A: He was afraid or perhaps he felt unworthy to be her husband; he planned to “dismiss” her quietly. It’s hard to
know exactly what that would have meant. It seems that he did not plan
to marry her.
- Once again we see angels, (angelos is Greek for messenger)
communicating between God and man. Q: What does the angel
tell Joseph? A: Don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife; she will
have a son; name him Jesus (Hebrew: Yeshu’a =”one who saves”).
He will save his people from their sins. Q: How does the angel appear
to Joseph? A: In a dream. Q: Does Joseph obey the angel? A: Yes.
He does the hard thing that God asked, even though women pregnant
outside of marriage in those times were subject to stoning!! Think of
the condemnation, the whispers and gossip!
- Q: Can you think of a time when God was asking you
to do something you did not plan on doing? Q: Parents, can you think of
a time when you had to do likewise, and you were afraid or unsure?
Courtesy of The Bible Project