Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity 

Posted: March 19, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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O St Joseph most faithful spouse of our dearest Blessed Mother Mary, foster of Jesus Christ our Lord. You spoke nothing in scriptures yet you spoke volumes by faith, love, mercy for your family and for your great love for God our Heavenly Father.

Indeed do we behold a faithful and prudent steward, whom the Lord set over his household. Cf. Luke 12:42

By your faithfulness St Joseph you declared from your heart

“I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord; through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth. Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever, that your truth is firmly established as the heavens.” Ps 89:1-2

You surely prayed to God our Heavenly Father, “You are my father, my God, the rock who saves me.” Ps 89:26

You were docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and so were a great provider and protector of your holy family.

Teach me St Joseph your way humble ways and lead me closer to the heart of your son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Be our protector as well as you protect God’s Holy Church by your powerful intercession. St Joseph pray for us……

First reading

2 Samuel 7:4-5,12-14,16 ·

The Lord will give him the throne of his ancestor David

The word of the Lord came to Nathan:

    ‘Go and tell my servant David, Thus the Lord speaks: “When your days are ended and you are laid to rest with your ancestors, I will preserve the offspring of your body after you and make his sovereignty secure. (It is he who shall build a house for my name, and I will make his royal throne secure for ever.) I will be a father to him and he a son to me. Your House and your sovereignty will always stand secure before me and your throne be established for ever.”’

Second reading

Romans 4:13,16-18,22 ·

Abraham hoped, and he believed

The promise of inheriting the world was not made to Abraham and his descendants on account of any law but on account of the righteousness which consists in faith. That is why what fulfils the promise depends on faith, so that it may be a free gift and be available to all of Abraham’s descendants, not only those who belong to the Law but also those who belong to the faith of Abraham who is the father of all of us. As scripture says: I have made you the ancestor of many nations – Abraham is our father in the eyes of God, in whom he put his faith, and who brings the dead to life and calls into being what does not exist.

    Though it seemed Abraham’s hope could not be fulfilled, he hoped and he believed, and through doing so he did become the father of many nations exactly as he had been promised: Your descendants will be as many as the stars. This is the faith that was ‘considered as justifying him.’

Gospel

Matthew 1:16,18-21,24

How Jesus Christ came to be born

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

    This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do.

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