11 “An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.".” Matthew 1:20b-21 12
The birth narrative of Jesus never ceases to amaze me. It seems each time I read it another point strikes me. There is trust, hope, and above all courage in the story of infant Jesus. This year I hear the words of the angel speaking to the earthly father Joseph. “Do not be afraid”.