Best Laid Plans

3.19I thought I had my life planned out. Find a good job, travel the world, serve in Church,
fall in love, get married, have kids, move back to the province… Before I entered the seminary, I thought I had already some of them in place. I had a job that I could do from almost anywhere in the world. I could relocate to my hometown if I wanted to, or travel and work at the same time. But it seems the Lord has other plans.

In today’s Gospel, Joseph too made plans, but things did not go according to what he
intended either. He found out his fiancée was pregnant and so, he made other plans. But then the angel appeared in his dream, and Joseph did as he was commanded. And humanity was saved because of his cooperation and obedience.

There were also other times when I thought the Lord was telling me to do something and
then some time later, I felt like I was being directed to something else. During those times, I felt a mixture of certainty that an action was the right thing to do, yet at the same time, confusion as to why something was happening. But as I look back, there were always lessons in those moments which allowed me to grow into a better disciple of Jesus. Proverbs 19:21 states, “Many are the plans of the human heart, but it is the decision of the Lord that endures.” What we must do is have faith and obey.

By Sem. Richard Lim

THE GOSPEL TODAY

MT 1:16, 18-21, 24A

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.

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