Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

2 SM 7:4-5A, 12-14A, 16

PS 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 AND 29

ROM 4:13, 16-18, 22

MT 1:16, 18-21, 24A

The readings for the day can be found here.

 

Today as we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph and the Gospel readings which give some insight into his reaction as he received the information about Mary being with child. The Gospel says Joseph intended to quietly divorce Mary so as not cause her undue shame. Later when the angel of the Lord appeared to him, in a dream he did as commanded and took Mary into his home. Joseph’s obedience serves as an example of his unconditional service to God and family.

Apparently, Joseph did not act impulsively, as we sometimes do when we are presented with unwelcome news.  His patients allowed the voice of the angel to be heard. He obeyed and became the guardian to Mary and her child.

Lent provides us an opportunity to reflect on, and listen for those times when God commands us to act differently than how we want. There is no mystery as to how God speaks us. His words are reflected in the lives of the saints, including St. Joseph. What God wanted of them seldom appeared easy, but faith, humility, obedience and love for their Savior Jesus Christ, gave them the strength to persevere through adversity.

St. Joseph’s story speaks to us about absolute trust in God’s will, and listening for His voice that guides us to become His instrument for the greater good.

 

Sgt. Pat Signorino is a Field Supervisor in the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

 

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