March 19

Feast of St. Joseph

Reflection

There are few references to Joseph in Scripture, yet, the few facts we learn give us an insight into him. We know that Joseph was a carpenter, a craftsman who earned his livelihood in creative service to his community. He is described as a just man, one who observed the law faithfully, who was upright and righteous in his relationships. But, we also learn that Joseph was not rigid.  In a society where the law commanded that adulterous women be stoned, his compassion tempered justice. Although he knew he was not involved in Mary’s pregnancy, he would not shame her or expose her to judgment, rather he decided to keep it a private matter. And Joseph was a dreamer, a man of faith attuned to the inspirations of God’s spirit in his life. He humbly walked the path of his life wherever God led him. Joseph led an ordinary life. He was not wealthy, his work supported his family, he raised his child. He served God faithfully and lived true to his beliefs. Joseph was a just man.

Prayer

St. Joseph, help us to grow in your spirit. Teach us to live the ordinary with extraordinary justice, love and faithfulness.

Action

Who are the ordinary persons in my life who reveal God for me? Why? How can I make the ordinary extraordinary in my own life? 

Suggested Reading

This is what God asks of you
Only this…
To act justly
To love tenderly
To walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

 And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife. And he knew her not until she brought forth her firstborn son, and he called his name Jesus.
Matthew 1:24 -25

 Saint Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care. May he always guard, protect and enlighten families.
Pope John Paul II

 How does Joseph exercise his role as protector? Discreetly, humbly and silently, but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand,
Pope Francis

Perhaps the mark of greatness is not the accomplishment of great moments, great monuments, great works, but an honest facing struggle when it comes and being content with the daily, what we call the ordinary…Joseph was that kind of man–  a saint.
Sister M. Madelivia, CSJ

Joseph is the patron of the dying because, assuming he died before Jesus’ public life, he died with Jesus and Mary close to him, the way we all would like to leave this earth.
Jose Rubio Perralto

The blessed Joseph faithfully exercised his skills as a carpenter. He is a shining example to all workmen.
Benedictus Responsory at Lauds for May 1st

 

 

 

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