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15 December 2019

Scripture reading and Sermon

Based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church 

Revelation to St. Joseph

Reading from the Scripture for this Sunday



Before Holy Qurbana

Holy Qurbana

Matthew 1:18-25 New King James Version (NKJV)

Christ Born of Mary

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 

20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 

21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 

25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Dream of Joseph, the Carpenter

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose

"Revelation to Joseph the Carpenter" (Matthew: 1:18-25)

"An angel of the Lord came to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, Don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife." (Matt: 1:20)

Do you have any shattered dreams?

Dream is the base and inspiration for action. Life becomes lifeless without dreams and revelations. Everyone should have a dream in his/her life. In the Old Testament all our Patriarchs like Joseph, Jacob, Daniel had the dreams and visions and they acted for the achievement of it and they fulfilled their dreams. In the New Testament, the growth and development of Christianity, is fully rooted in dreams, and its actions, being taken by the disciples of Jesus like Paul, Jacob, Stephen, Peter, and Thomas

Joseph, the upright, took ridicule and shame. He was ready to face the excommunication and marginalization from his relatives, friends and the church to heed and implement the dreams he had. "Joseph took Mary as his wife." (Matt: 1:24). Mary and child were protected and insulated by Joseph from the predators and wrong finders. So Joseph, the carpenter, was called as the father of Jesus. And the Christian world respects and venerates him as a saint. The people want to emulate his upright character and saga of his journey to fulfill the dreams he had.

Dreams won’t withdraw by its own without fulfilling the goal. Generations and generations of slaves in Africa and other continents had the dreams of freedom from slavery that was first fulfilled in UK through the work of people like William Wilberforce and gradually from all over the world. Marin Luther King "Had a dream" of equality and rule of an African American in USA. It was fulfilled when Barack Obama became the President of USA in 2008.

The young bright Susan had a dream and a wish to become a doctor. But she has landed in a marriage with a degree in biology. The couple got a son who studied well and got admission in a medical college. Susan didn’t rest or lost her dream to become a doctor. She also prepared for the medical entrance test with her son and got admission in the same medical college where her son got it. Both, the son and mother studied in the same medical college and both passed with high marks. Now she is practicing as a gynecologist fulfilling her dream to become a doctor. Her son is working in Canada as a reputed cardiac surgeon.

So don’t put our dreams and wishes in cold storage or in our closets; instead take it outside, warm it, dust it and keep it in the boiling point. Our ultimate dream is to resurrect and to live in the ecstasy of heaven.

Nasruddin was fast asleep at 9 in the morning. His wife woke him up from his sleep. "The sun has risen in the sky," she said, "the birds are singing in the trees and your breakfast is getting cold." "Breakfast be damned. I was about to sign a contract worth a million grams of gold," he said. He closed his eyes and tried to recapture his shattered dream of gold. In the dream, when interrupted, he was cheating in that contract and his business partner was a tyrant. If, on recapturing the dream, he stops his cheating, he will become a saint. If he struggles to free the people from the oppression of the tyrant, he will become a freedom fighter. If, in the middle of it all, he suddenly realizes he is dreaming, he will become awakened. Enlightened.re you still asleep? Arise and shine. As Joseph got up from the dream and "took Mary as his wife." (Mathew 1:24)