God's Gift of Life

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What makes every day so very exciting at Joseph’s House is we are witnesses to God’s Gift of Life. This week with Christmas preparations, birthday celebrations and a visit from Saint Nicholas the special gifts of little lives were made apparent to all. We observed first-hand the wonder in their eyes as they wandered through our home and took in the majesty of all the Christmas trees and Nativity scenes surrounding them. All the moms and kids have had great fun creating their own ornaments and even added artistic touches to decorate the doors of their rooms making our dorm hallways very festive. The little ones also created paper Christmas stockings of gratefulness they are filling with thoughts and memories for which they are thankful this Christmas season.

This week as we continue our Advent journey getting closer to the Birth of Jesus, we are preparing for some Christmas cookie baking, decorating and a visit from Santa always being sure to remind everyone Christmas begins with Christ. There will be Christmas celebrations, masses, prayer groups and gatherings for our Exodus moms and all our residents. The true beauty of all of these events is they bring the entire Joseph’s House family together providing all with an extra special Christmas blessing.

Yesterday was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Mother. Once again this year, I was given the opportunity to explain to someone the Immaculate Conception we are celebrating is for Mary, not for Jesus, as many believe.

It doesn’t take much of an explanation for anyone to understand if God was able to choose and create the Mother of His Son, He would create Her to be perfect. She would be free from original sin and all sin, because She would be the Tabernacle in which Jesus would reside for nine months. After all, if God wanted His Son to be perfectly pure as God Himself is perfectly pure, He most certainly would create a perfectly pure vessel for Jesus to be nurtured and nestled within. Mary was and is the Perfectly Pure Vessel, the Golden Tabernacle, the new Ark of the Covenant. She is the Gateway through which God sent Jesus to earth ushering in redemption for our souls and opening the gates of Heaven. Our Lady gave Her Fiat to God’s desire for Her life when She said to the Angel Gabriel “I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to His Will.” Her answer let’s all of us know Mary understood God’s gift of life, for Her life, for the life of Jesus and for our lives as well.

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Today we contemplate the humble girl of Nazareth who, by an extraordinary and ineffable privilege, was preserved from the contagion of original sin and from every fault, so that she could be a worthy dwelling-place for the Incarnate Word.
— St. John Paul II

At mass yesterday celebrating this glorious feast day, Father Dunn reminded us of how extraordinary is the gift of life. He reminded us we are all remarkably created, and we are all unique, exceptional and cherished by God. God chose us to be born into this world, His world, before time began. He doesn’t care if we are educated or uneducated, rich, poor, homeless or living in a palace, He loves us because we are His Creation and He has a special plan for each and every one of us.

...as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.

In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.
— A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12

God’s plan for our lives is ever-changing, ever-evolving depending upon our ability to say “Yes” to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. God asks us daily to be His humble servants, to say “Yes” to Him, just as Mary did, and to allow our lives to be lived according to His will.

Our mission at Joseph’s House is to always say yes to God and to search with Him for the plan for our lives and our ministry. Our mission is to allow ourselves to be gateways through which God’s precious children are ushered toward Heaven so they may find the magnificent, one of a kind journey God has destined for their lives. We invite you to be gateways with us, to assist us in leading all towards redemption and ushering in the hope that comes with saying “yes” as Mary did, to God’s Gift of Life!

God Bless you my friends.

Love & Prayers,