As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and allow yourself to grow still. Let go of any distracting thoughts. Take several slow, deep breaths. Become aware of the great love God has for you.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
In this Scripture passage, we overhear the angel of the Lord talking to Joseph in a dream. Through this dream, Joseph comes to understand, in a profoundly personal way, what roles he and Mary play in God's plan of salvation. Mary will give birth to the Savior, and Joseph will give him the name by which his identity and mission is revealed to the world: Jesus, God saves. No one ever expected salvation to arrive in the form of a baby. Mary and Joseph are the first to know and trust in God's gift of love to the world. We follow in a long line of believers.
How has my relationship with Jesus been a gift for me today?
What is my role in God's plan of salvation?
(Speak to God using this prayer or one of your own.)
Tender God, thank you for the gift of Jesus to the world. Help me to know how I can continue to make Jesus present through my words and actions.