He says: "Try in all things to be very
glad, very happy, very thankful."
Let us not forget that Mary's life was not exactly the proverbial bed
of roses - and She accepted it with joy and anticipation.
Think of it....
She becomes pregnant while unmarried in
a society which was diametrically opposed to ours - today that is
mostly a "Sign of Liberation", in Mary's time it was a serious black
mark on the individual and her family.
When Joseph was informed by the angel of the situation and he
accepts it and then they have to displace themselves to Bethlehem
law required it. They did not take a First Class flight to Bethlehem.
The poor pregnant woman had to ride on a donkey all the way - while
poor Joseph had to be worrying that She would go into labor on the road.
They finally make it to Bethlehem and She goes into labor without the
convenience of a Five Star hotel or a 21st Century state of the art
hospital with insurance coverage.
As you should know by now, we could go on and on...
Get the picture? Let's call off our "self
and ain't it awful
" and, if after
request that God deliver us from whatever is grieving us, He doesn't,
He must have a reason - remember:
And which of you, if he ask his father bread, will he give him a stone?
or a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  Or if he shall
ask an egg, will he reach him a scorpion?  If you then, being evil,
know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your
Father from heaven give the good Spirit to them that ask him? [Luke
And do not think that I do not lecture myself with the same material as
above the moment
that I start organizing my own "self
party" for whatever reason - I, just like everyone else, am
to our fallen nature. It is just a matter of overcoming it with the
Grace of God.
Oh, yes.... by the way... How many times have we heard and read about
Biblical "erudite" pointing out that Jesus had brothers and sisters?
Some say that Mary had other children (the "anti-virgin" bunch) while
others say that they were from Joseph's prior marriage (the "let's make
Fine; then we ask... why were they not in this trip to Bethlehem for
the census required by Roman law? And why Jesus had to entrust Mary to
John - who was the only Apostle at the foot of the cross? If those
brothers and sisters that Jesus allegedly had were really brothers and
sisters - as we understand those terms today - there would have been
more than enough of them to take care of Mary.