Stop Exposing Others to Shame

It is the fourth Sunday of Advent and the Gospel today is very beautiful. It talks about St. Joseph, since he was a righteous man, does not want to expose Mary to shame and I think that is an incredible witness for us because we can so easily expose others to shame.

It is the holiday season. We are with family all the time. There’s a lot of family parties. And what do we do? We talk about other family members who are not there, or we talk about friends who are not there, and we can easily expose others to shame because it makes us feel good and it builds us up just for a second. And so, we are called to not tear anyone down, not to expose them to shame. We are called to build everyone up. We are the Body of Christ. That’s my invitation for all of us this Advent season. As we grow close and we have tons of family parties and we’re eating the fig pudding, that we can continue to build our family members up, that we never tear down. We are called to build up the Body of Christ always.

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