13th Day — Mary's Time of Expectancy
Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost. (St. Matt. i. 20.)
1. In due course of time it became evident that Mary was to be a mother. She had said not a word to St. Joseph about the angel's visit, and her holy spouse knew not what to think. Yet she was still silent. She left it to God to vindicate her in His own good time. How different her conduct from my eagerness to justify myself.
2. St. Joseph, like a faithful and prudent man, did not act without due deliberation. How miserable he must have been during those weeks of hesitation. He could not suspect Mary of evil; yet there was the clear evidence of fact. The true solution was one that no one could have supposed possible. He contemplated sending her away quietly — what an agony to lose his precious spouse! Yet patiently and prudently he waited and prayed.
3. God does not forsake His servants in their distress. An angel by night announced to Joseph that he was the spouse of the Mother of God — the foster- father of the King of heaven. What joy must have inundated his soul, how he must have cried out in the joy and gratitude of his heart: The Lord is indeed good to those who hope in Him!
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.