18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement quietly. 20 As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:18-20 CEB
Never discount the ones who have the choice to do the right thing. Mary had no choice. She was a young girl, pregnant out of wedlock. She didn't choose to be pregnant. She didn't choose to marry Joseph, her parents did. Joseph was full of options. The most comfortable choice he could have made was to divorce her. His life would have continued with just a little discomfort. Instead, he did what was right, and took Mary as his wife. His choice saved Mary, Jesus, and the story of salvation.
Often times, the world is changed by those who leave their comfort to do something right. Then God can bring love to the world. Other times, the world is changed because those who are comfortable are too afraid to do the right thing. Then people like Hitler have the opportunity to rise.
Which one are you?
Dear Holy Parent,
Teach us the right way, and show us how to follow it.