Luke 2: 21
“On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.”
Mary’s decision to give birth to the child of God was an act of faith in God’s goodness and an act of obedience to His will. Joseph’s decision not to divorce Mary was an act of faith that God’s wisdom was not his wisdom and an act of obedience to God’s will.
Traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem was an act of faith that God was with them and an act of obedience to Roman law. The first act with the baby Jesus after His birth was an act of faith, by naming Him Jesus, and an act of obedience to Jewish tradition, by having Him circumcised.
Christ, as an adult, would call all who had ears to hear to a new faith of transformation in which God’s will is written on our hearts, and to a new obedience that flows from our love.
Joseph and Mary were called to live out their faith.
Their Child, our Savior, asks the same of us.