Some musicians get pretty literal about the texts of the songs they sing during the Christmas season. In some musical repertoires, no mention of the Magi is permitted until Epiphany. Somebody tell that to the framers of the Lectionary. Today’s Gospel reading, for example, finds Joseph attending to his dreams after the departure of those foreign visitors:
Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.
And again after exile in Egypt:
Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel,
for those who sought the child’s life are dead.
Like his Old Testament namesake, this Joseph is attentive to dreams, especially the one announcing the special circumstances of the conception and birth of his wife’s son. Joseph the Dreamer: always liked that. And today’s annunciations: did you hear that each time, the angel instructs Joseph to rise?
I already have a seed in my mind of next year’s Advent Pageant in the parish: focus on those annunciations: Mary, Joseph, and shepherds, but also Isaiah, Micah, and Moses. They are so important, not only in salvation history, but in our lives. What has God announced for you, lately?
Happy feast-day to all the Mary Jo’s in the reading audience. And those who place +JMJ on their writings.