March 19, 2020
(St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
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.” Mt_1:16,18-21,24a
St. Joseph, the carpenter, was “a righteous man.” How do we see that in the few words written about him in the Scriptures? Well, right off the bat, we see his love for Mary. He loved her so very much that when scandal and distrust had all the potential of causing him enormous anger against her, he still respected and loved her enough to prohibit public scorning and even death for what was so honestly misunderstood. ‘It was the Holy Spirit’s fault!’ And the child conceived in her would not only be, just a stepson to Joseph, but He would be the Son of God Himself! Can you even fathom the enormous responsibility Joseph had, knowing that he was the overseer of God’s child.
But you know what, beloved, EVERY child born is a child of God. If we can really grasp the significance of that fact, how would we treat our own children? How would we feed them. How would we discipline them? How would we care for every little aspect of their lives? We are actually living with God’s child, whom we helped create.
And then, you know what, WE ourselves are God’s children as well. So how well do we take care of and love ourselves? Are we treating these bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit? Would the Holy Spirit really want to live within us? We might just say, probably not. But who’s in control here. God doesn’t make us fat or skinny, smart or dumb, pretty or not, healthy or unhealthy. THAT’s up to us! And we have a whole world of information right at our fingertips today to learn just how to make the very best of our physical lives. And just as well, we have the choice of Faith in God or not.
Joseph had the choice to be the very best, loving and faithful father and husband he could be, or not. And he chose exactly what we all should be. Trust in God, beloved. Love everyone. Know that we are all God’s children. And then LIVE it!
Happy St. Joseph’s day, beloved!
And we pray for all of our brothers and sisters suffering from the world’s pandemic. We pray for sanity in our preventative isolation. And we pray for an end to this tragic drama, before many more lives are taken from us. Blessed be God forever!
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