Mar 19, 2014
In all likelihood, most of us would not make important decisions based on a dream we had. According to psychoanalysts, dreams tell us a truth about ourselves but in confusing ways. The individual must decode the images so that the truth will emerge clearly. In the psychological thriller, “Spellbound,” and in the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” this is what happens thanks to dream sequences. But make a decision over a dream?
The Matthean Gospel narrative is familiar (1:18-25). The written marriage contract between the parents of Joseph and Mary has already been drawn up. Legally they are married. As soon as Joseph takes Mary into his home, the marriage ceremony will be completed. But when he finds that she is pregnant, he is shaken to the core. He is not the child’s father. Either Mary has committed a sin of unchastity or she has been violated. Joseph could not have dreamed of encountering such a dilemma. Apart from a public trial, how to untie the knot!