Feast of St. Joseph

Publié le 18 Mars 2022

Gospel text

(Mt 1:16.18-21.24a): 

 

 

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.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.

 

The Application (Meditation)

 

In silence, discreetly, a righteous man, preparing a project for his life, so that he avoids everything that will defile him. A God who sees everything that happens discreetly, wanted to intervene to save life, the life of the world, his Saviour. We must know how to live the moments of trouble, of darkness, of uneasiness, etc., in a correct and just way, always leaving a door open, so that God can take His place and guide us.

 

Like any man who hears bad news, Joseph teaches us to act, not react, a just man. A proper, divine discernment, putting the other and his suffering before, acting not as a victim, but as a saviour. Even in my misery, I save the other. In his humanity, he teaches us to act divinely.

 

In the darkness, in his brokenness that he hears a voice speaking to him, a voice of reassurance, yet giving him no proof of certainty. Darkness, Lord, we have much of it and need to learn from Joseph, to keep silence and serenity, when the storms of life strikes us. Joseph, you simply believe, because it is God who speaks, everything comes from God, and His every word gives life. You teach us to trust. You who desire life, will always recognise this voice, which saves life. Speak Lord, thy servant listens.

 

God gave the word to man to choose the name, for all created ones, and man named all living beings, and God found it to be good. However, today, for the new Adam, God will choose Himself a NAME, from now on a holy NAME that Joseph will learn to respect. Everything will pass from his NAME, from my name you will ask and receive. In the name of Jesus rise and walk, and that was the disciples of Jesus have done. Shouldn’t we learn to invoke this NAME as much as possible? Happy feast day to you all.

 

Action of the day: Wish good to all.

 

«Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife»

 

+ Mons. Ramon MALLA i Call Emeritus Bishop of Lleida

(Lleida, Spain)

 

Today, the Church celebrates the solemnity of Saint Joseph, Mary's husband. It is like a joyful interlude within Lent's austerity. But, the joy of this feast should not be an obstacle to our advancing along the path of our personal conversion, as preceptive in Lenten time.

He who, looking ahead, tries hard to accommodate his life to God's plan for us, is very fortunate. And so is he who, looking around him, tries always to properly interpret others' actions by saving their good reputation. In today's Gospel Saint Joseph is presented to us in both aspects of goodness.

God has over each one of us a love plan, inasmuch as «God is love» (1Jn 4:8). But, at times, the hardships of life difficult our discovering it. And then, logically, we grumble and we reluctantly accept to carry our crosses.

Saint Joseph must have gone through a difficult time when realizing Mary «before they had lived together, was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit» (Mt 1:18). He was planning to divorce her, but «in all secrecy» (Mt 1:19). And, at the same time, when «an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream» (Mt 1:20), saying he had to become the legal father, he accepted it right away «and took his wife to his home» (Mt 1:24).

Lent is a good time to find out what God expects from us and strengthen our wish to carry it out. Let us beg God «through the intercession of Mary's husband», as we shall read in the Collect of the Mass, that we may advance in our path of conversion by imitating Saint Joseph in his acceptance of God's will and in the exercise of charity with our fellow men. At the same time, let us keep in mind that if «all the Church is indebted to the Virgin Mary, as we received Christ through her, after her, Saint Joseph should certainly be who mostly deserves our gratitude and reverence» (Saint Bernardino of Siena).

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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