Nineteenth Day of Advent
O God Who Comes,
Give us character and faith like those of Joseph, the one entrusted by you with the care of your Son Jesus and his mother Mary.
Joseph knew what the law said should happen to Mary; help us, like Joseph, to know what the Bible teaches so that we can try to do the right thing.
Joseph wanted to apply the law in as decent a way as possible; help us, like Joseph, to have love and compassion so that we can try to do the right thing in the right way.
Joseph, when he realized the option of exercising a trust so radical that it went beyond the kindness that was in his character and way beyond strict adherence to what was in his law, chose to trust and acted in light of that trust; help us, like Joseph, to exercise great trust so that we can do the rightest thing of all.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!