Stewards of the Mystery

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I empathize with Joseph as a father. There is enough stress with being a dad and taking on a lifetime of responsibility, without hearing that it is ok to take your fiancé as your wife because,”….the one conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 1:20) I want to think I trusted my fiancé 27 years ago, but I think I would have been with Joseph when he fell back on the Old Testament law ,” …being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to the public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.” (Matthew 1:19)

The story really does need to be read with the thought of putting yourself in Joseph’s shoes. If you empathize with this young dad, you can only imagine how you would feel personally if you were in his situation. Joseph was at the epicenter of the story, there is no doubt about it. However, who among us does not need to pray each day to understand the ways of God at Christmas time?

One of the world’s leading theologians, Dr. Carl Braaton, sums up the theology of God at Christmastime quite well in his book “Stewards of the Mystery” on pages 27-28. “Jesus gave us a new paradoxical definition of God, a definition of the humility of God. Many people were offended. They wanted a God of glory, not entering the world at the bottom, not from a despised place like Nazareth in Galilee, but he must come in from the top. He must be properly introduced, by the right people, and with appropriate protocol. But instead, the people got the man from Nazareth, and he was only prepared to give them a message of the humility of God, of the identification of God with the people and things that don’t count very much in this world. He carried his message of God to the extreme, driving the humility of God all the way to the cross.”

Let us, along with Joseph, be Stewards of the Mystery of Christmas.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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