Thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus with Pope Francis today (December 18, 2016), and heard him say the day's Gospel "shows us two people, who more than any other, have been involved in this mystery of love: the Virgin Mary and her husband Joseph," according to the Independent Catholic News website.
"Mary is presented in the light of the prophecy that says: 'Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son.' The Evangelist Matthew recognizes what had happened in Mary, that she conceived Jesus as a work of the Holy Spirit..."
"Mary is, therefore, a model to watch and a support we can rely on, in our search for God, in our closeness to God. In this, let God come close to us and our commitment to build a civilization of love."
"The other protagonist of today's Gospel is St. Joseph... He fully trusts God who approaches him and, following His invitation, does not repudiate his bride, but takes with him and marries Mary."