Homily – Christmas Vigil

Merry Christmas! On this vigil of the birth of our Lord, we take time to appreciate St.
Joseph and his role as the stepfather of Jesus. We look at how a carpenter’s life
becomes extraordinary as he accepts God’s will and becomes the father of the King of
the Universe.

Joseph is a man of faith. Today’s gospel begins with Joseph becoming aware that,
“Mary, was found with child through the Holy Spirit.” According to St Thomas Aquinas,
Joseph believed Mary, but feared to live with her because he was UNWORTHY to live
with this miraculous child, Jesus, and his mother.” Joseph believes, but like many of us,
feels unworthy to accept God’s calling.

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