Mary’s husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. Matthew 1.19
- When Mary was found to be pregnant before she and Joseph started living together, she was at great risk. The punishment for adultery was stoning to death. At the very least she would bring lasting shame on herself and her family. How might it have felt to be Joseph, in this position? How might it have felt to be Mary?
- Have you ever felt in disgrace, justly or unjustly? What was it like and how did you deal with it?
- Are there people you regard as a disgrace or of whom you feel ashamed? What can you do about this? Can “grace” be restored to them and to your relationship with them?