Yes, we skipped a few days in there. When the pastor gets a double ear infection the week before Christmas, it slows some things down. Perhaps I wasn’t slowing down enough on my own?
Today, as Christmas draws near, let us ponder on Joseph–who was willing to mary a woman pregnant with a child he knew was not his. Joseph did not have to claim, much less love, this child. Yet scripture and tradition indicate he did both. Joseph gives us a glimpse of the love that God has for us. For God does not have to claim, much less love, us. Yet, our God loves anyway. So much so, that our God became one of us, fully human and fully God. As we struggle with the mystery of the miraculous love God has for us, the story of Joseph provides us with a clue or two.