This is how Jesus Christ came to be born.
His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together
she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.
Her husband Joseph, being an upright man and wanting to spare her disgrace,
decided to divorce her informally.
Joseph had made up his mind to do this
when suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife,
because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus,
because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’
Now all this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken through the prophet:
“Look! the virgin is with child and will give birth to a son
whom they will call Immanuel, a name which means 'God-is-with-us'.”
When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do:
he took his wife to his home.
We invite you to reflect on St Matthews Gospel with a weekly meditation by Fr Dries van den Akker SJ on the unique paintings of Catholic artist Peter Clare.
Many thanks to the Archdiocese of Birmingham for sharing Peter Clare's paintings [hotographed by Con McHugh] and preparing an introductory description for meditation by Fr Dries van den Akker SJ