Monday, March 19, 2012

The Solemnity of St. Joseph

Happy belated St. Patrick's Day and happy punctual St. Joseph's Day!  At Mass today, Father said something very interesting.  He pointed out that St. Joseph never says anything in the Scriptures, he only acts, always doing the will of God and serving his family.

Joseph's pious masculinity serves as an example for all men, especially husbands and fathers.

St. Joseph pray for us! 

Mt 1:18-24

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.  Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit.  Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”  When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.

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