**Dear brothers and sisters in the SACRED HEART of JESUS!
I was reading the Confraternity version of the New Testament today. I started with St. Matthews Gospel. I slowly read and chewed on the passages over and over again. A few things that struck me:
St. Joseph is indeed a "Just Man". He would by Mosaic law, had the right to stone Our Lady :eek::eek::(, but He didn't. Imagine the ridicule that Our Lady would have been facing. Imagine the ridicule that poor St. Joseph would have had to deal with. St. Joseph could have stoned Her and "saved face" but he didn't. Because of this, we got a Savior! :thumbsup:
Second: When the Magi appear before King Herod, they proclaim "We have seen His star in the east". Herod and all of Jerusalem would become troubled by this. This is like us brothers and sisters. Heres why :
When Our LORD was crucified, the common assumption held is that the Cross faced East. maybe, maybe it didn't. However, Our LORD did face east on the Cross, certainly in a metaphorical sense. Our Salvation dawned from the east twice. Once at Bethlehem, and another time on Calvary. We Catholics have seen not only the Star in the east, but we have seen the blood drenched Cross of our salvation in the "east". Our Salvation is very "eastern" :D. Herod, upon hearing that the star had appeared in the East, was sore troubled, and all of Jerusalem with HIM. One could argue that our society is like this as well. Our Society is sorely troubled at the Cross, for the perishing, the Cross is a mark of contradiction. Our society is sorely afraid that with the Cross we plan to upset their passing pleasures. Well, they are in for one big surprise because.....
That is exactly what we are called to do! We are called to overturn the sinfulness of society by the Christian Charity that we exemplify towards those around us. We are called to convert the world, by the fire and love of CHRIST.
So, what do you think of this reflection? I am open to friendly criticism. **