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Dear Family of God,
What does it mean to trust in God?
When Joseph was engaged to Mary and learned that she was pregnant before they lived together, he considered breaking their engagement. But an angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Mary as his wife, because her child was conceived by the power of God. Joseph, like Mary trusted God, so he did as the angel said.
When Mary said ‘yes’ to the angel, she trusted God even though she understood the danger of being stoned to death as a result of people thinking she was unfaithful (although the precise opposite was true) by becoming pregnant during her engagement period. She also understood she might be despised by her future husband.
Both Mary and Joseph trusted in God. The result was Jesus, the Son of God, became man in Mary’s womb and the world was gifted with a Savior.
Our God is full of surprises. He may ask us to do what seems to be impossible for us - but nothing is impossible for God. He only needs our ‘yes’ and He will do the rest. To trust in God means even amidst suffering and difficulties in this life, we still have faith in Him who is working for our salvation. We still have peace of mind because we know with certainty that He, our loving Father, is in charge.
May we unite our will with God’s will and be instruments like Mary and Joseph to bring Jesus into our world, and truly have a Merry Christmas - for we have Jesus who is Emmanuel, that is, God-is-with-us.
Yours in Christ through Mary,
Fr. Jess Ty
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- JAN 17
The January meeting of Our Lady's Guild will begin at 9:00am and our special presentation will be in the Parish Hall at 11:00am.Read more
- JAN 18
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- JAN 22
OLJ Youth Ministry is starting the Life Teen program Sun, Jan 22!Read more
- JAN 22
Just a reminder that children who will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time need to attend this retreat.Read more
- JAN 28
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- FEB 18
"Perhaps You Were Born for Such a Time as This" 2017 Phoenix Diocesan Catholic Women's Conference.Read more
- MAR 19
March 19, 2017 will be our 20th St. Joseph Table here at Our Lady of Joy!Read more