18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, 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.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus. – NRSV
To fulfill what had been spoken. These words are lingering with me today. How do I fulfill what has been spoken? Do I know what has been spoken? As I stand at the threshold of the ending of one year and the beginning of another, what do I know?
I know that Jesus came to do something new. And this newness is the greatest commandment: that you shall love the Lord your God with your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. So this must be what I am called to fulfill. This must be what I know. God will show me how. This is where I will put my trust and my faith. This is where I will go in the coming hours, days, years and beyond. This will be my daily prayer. For God will be with me every step of the way, fulfilling what has been spoken. Thanks be to God! Alleluia!!