With all of the revelations of sexual misconduct and harassment, today’s gospel presents us with the courageous man. The real man. Saint Joseph, who confronted with unbelievable news that Mary was pregnant — and knowing he was not the father. And despite this, not wanting to shame Mary. Not wanting to take out any sort of revenge on Mary. Because he was righteous, Joseph had a heart open to the presence of God. He was ready, so when God did speak to him in a dream, he knew who God was.
Are you ready for God? This is what Christmas is about. It is not just being ready for an historical event. It is also about being ready to welcome God into our heart. Are you ready? Do you strive to be righteous? Do you seek to find the presence of God, and do you know God when he appears?