Chapter 2 – Jesus’ Birth And Childhood
Story No. 6 of 12 (Mt 1:18-25, Lk 2:1-7)
There is no more momentous an occasion in one’s life, than the birth of a child.
Mary conceived the Child Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, whom she was engaged to marry, planned to quietly separate so as not to disgrace her. But an Angel appeared and told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife because the child conceived was from the Holy Spirit.
Joseph took Mary as his wife and while they were on their way to register for taxes, by order of the king, Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God, in a stable in Bethlehem. It was their first humble home, among the animals; they had been unable to find an Inn or house to rest, due to the crowds of people likewise, arriving in Bethlehem to register.
Sometimes our hearts can be far from God and our ears deaf to his voice. If only we had the wisdom of Joseph and the humility of Mary to accept the burden we are asked to carry!
Lord Jesus, open my ears to your message and turn my heart to your fountain of love.
give us humility wherever pride reigns,
pardon wherever offence abides,
grace wherever sin abounds;
we pray to you;
Jesus Christ, risen Lord,
have mercy on us. Amen.
|Music Suggestion: Lord, I Lift…
Listen and reflect… pause and talk.
Gary Gilmore was executed on this day in the US in 1977. Having murdered two people, he demanded the death sentence. His wish was granted.
Pray for guidance in life and the suffering we cause. Hail Mary…
Read More: Jesus’ Life – See All 365 Stories
(Note: The story order represents an approximate timeline of events in Jesus’ ministry; Biblical Scholars views vary.)