In today’s Gospel we hear about Mary and Joseph. Just imagine what they must have felt. They did not have the whole story presented to them, and nothing like it had ever occurred before in history, but what they did have was extraordinary trust in the Lord. When Mary was visited by the Angel Gabriel, she obediently consented to the will of God, though she did not know what would happen. How do you tell your husband, parents, family, and friends that you conceived God’s Son? Do you think she wondered about what others would think? If she feared that they would not understand or believe her? Whatever she may have been thinking, nothing stopped her from saying "yes." Can we say the same when God asks us to serve Him? Even when we are convicted of our mission, do we put it aside because we are afraid? How can we place our trust in the Lord as Mary did and respond?
Think of Joseph’s role in all of this. He discovered his wife was pregnant and knew it was impossible for the child to be his. As a result, he planned to divorce her. But the story does not end there, for God intervenes. An angel appears to Joseph in his dreams, encouraging him to not be afraid to receive his wife and her son. The little information he was given still would have been impossible to understand, but he chose to trust.
Though we have seen Jesus fulfill every promise, we can still find it hard to trust Him. May we follow the example set before us by Joseph and Mary. Today in honor of St. Joseph's feast day, spend some time in silent prayer asking him to intercede on your behalf. Ask the Lord to help you to fully trust in Him. Pray that you may have the courage to answer His call and say "yes" to His will for your life just as St. Joseph and Mary.