Even though [Joseph] showed mercy to Mary, he could still have been very upset or angry. If he was angry, it’s impressive that he seems to have reprocessed this anger into grace. He chose not be accusative but restorative. “He possessed the boldness, daring, courage and strength of character to stand up against his entire community and take Mary as his wife. He did so in spite of forces that no doubt wanted her stoned. His vision of justice stayed his hand.”
—Jan Johnson, Taste and See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2014)
When have you seen an angry person demonstrate mercy rather than accusation to the person who angered them? Join the conversation.
Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public
disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
—Matthew 1:19 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Let us release the cares of our day,
and open our eyes to the wonder of God.
With an attitude of empathy to people of another time,
let us open our hearts and minds to God.
Let us prepare to experience God’s word to us
through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer by Jan Johnson
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