"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"
This is how this Sunday's gospel text begins and this kind of set my mind on Mom's as I ran errands today. As I exited the local Post Office, I noticed a young woman sitting in a car waiting for someone. She was parked next to my car. As I walked by she took a long drag from a cigarette and then held the cigarette out the window. I initially thought she was being considerate to the toddler strapped in the car seat directly behind her. As I entered my car, I noticed that she was texting with her free hand. It was then that I noticed the prominent baby bump. She was smoking while pregnant and with a toddler in the car. I still not sure how to process this except to send it out to the e-world and see what you all think. There is a part of my that is so grateful that Mary was chosen to be Jesus and that the Holy Spirit chose well.