Jesus, Mary and Joseph show us how to make room for God's plan
by Renae Bauer
Being in a relationship – married, vowed, friendship, parent/child, etc. – requires sacrifice. As we celebrate the Holy Family on Sunday may we admire the examples of Jesus, Mary and Joseph who set aside their own plans in order to make room for God’s.
- Through the angel Gabriel, God informs Mary that she will bear the Son of God. Though troubled, Mary responds, “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).
- Through an angel, God visits Joseph – “a righteous man” (Mt. 1:19) -- and instructs him to take Mary as his wife even though she is already with child, a child conceived of the Holy Spirit, a child who will save God's people (Mt. 1:18-21).
- Through an angel, God strengthens His Son Jesus as Jesus prays “not my will but yours” (Luke 22:42-43).
God has a plan for you and me. May we recognize and answer God’s call with great trust and confidence.