The word “faith” can mean various things. It can mean the content of belief but also has the more fundamental meaning of “trust” as when a person has faith in another individual or in God.
Today’s readings give two examples of faith as trust in God. The first is the example of the old Abraham. He was well on in years when he was called to leave his homeland, to be the father of a child of great promise and to be tested on Mount Moriah. He is called our “father in faith”. He is the father of all who trust in God. Our second example is a man called Joseph. He cared for Mary and Jesus, supported and protected them. He was also a man of faith.
Great demands were made on Abraham and Joseph. They trusted in God and great things were done through their faith. The dynasty God promised to David came true under the watchful, loving eye of Joseph in his deep love for Mary.
Our lives take strange and bizarre turns. It takes great faith to realize that God is working out His purpose through us. Salvation history continues even as we speak. Each of us is an unfinished chapter in that story. Each of us, as did Abraham and Joseph, sets into motion a string of causes and effects on other people. Some part of the world is actually different because we are here. The end result is hidden from us. For now, like Abraham and Joseph, we can only trust God that everything is unfolding as it should.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, at the beginnings of our salvation, when Mary conceived Your Son and brought Him forth into the world, You placed them under Joseph’s watchful care. May his prayer still help Your Church to be an equally faithful guardian of Your mysteries, and a sign of Christ to mankind. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 19 March 2019
A Christian Pilgrim