Matthew 1:18-25New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah[a] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall name him Emmanuel,”

which means, “God is with us.” 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son;[b] and he named him Jesus.


Meditation Prayer and Questions:

Prayer:  Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary, and help me to be merciful to all people

  • Do you believe that God will fulfill every promise He has made?
  • How could God be faithful to His promise to raise up a righteous King who would rule forever over the house of David?
  • Do you believe in “hope against hope” (Romans 4:18)? Do you believe in the promises of God, even when faced with perplexing circumstances?
  • What does it mean that Joseph was a just and God-fearing man?
  • What does St. Joseph’s faith and trust in God teaches you?
  • Do you ask the Lord to renew your faith and hope in Him? Do you trust Him in His plan for your life?

“Saint Joseph, I beg you to pray for me to imitate your righteousness and obedience to the Lord God.”