v. 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, he took her as his wife...
A little intrusion into Lent as we remember Joseph, Jesus' earthly father.
The story is that when Mary was found to be pregnant, and Joseph knew the child was not his, he "planned to dismiss her quietly." It was a kind act. He could have made quite a fuss, even had her stoned under the law. But then he has a dream in which an angel appears to him and he learns the child is "Emmanuel, which means, 'God is with us.'" He is instructed to name him Jesus (in Hebrew, Joshua), which means "God saves."
Perhaps when you have a dream like that you truly aren't given any choice, you do as you are commanded, but then, it was only a dream, and Joseph still had a choice to make. He chose the more difficult path, chose what I would call the surprising vocation. He would participate in the Incarnation, the enfleshment of God.
We too are called to participate in the Incarnation. We are called to be part of the ongoing manifestation of God in the flesh. How we are to do that is first and foremost in the stuff of our daily lives, as messy as that might be. But God may indeed have a surprise for us as well, some way to serve that we hadn't considered before and perhaps would resist for all kinds of practical reasons. Unfortunately this will probably not come to us in the clarity of a dream (although I certainly don't want to preclue that possibility--dreams are powerful things). It will more likely be revealed to us in the midst of our life, but by a surprising voice either from within or from without, calling us to risk for the sake of the Gospel, to be a part of the Incarnation.
What surprising part do you have to play?