Posted by: livingscripture | March 19, 2010

Feast of St. Joseph

From the Word of the Day

 He believed, hoping against hope, that he would become the father of many nations.  That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.

                                               Romans 4: 18/22

 How should we live this Word

 Writing to the Romans of his time, St. Paul recalls Abraham’s faith.  It was so tested as to seem that God would go back on His promise regarding the multitude of his descendants.  What people could possibly come from him, now so old, if God asked the sacrifice of his only son that Sarah, elderly and sterile, had borne him?  Abraham had the courage to hand him over to God through his absolute trust in Him.  Truly, his believing was afire with hope, against and above any human prospects.  It is precisely because of this that he is still today, our father in faith.

 What has this to do with the humble figure of Joseph whom we celebrate today?  The carpenter of Nazareth was chosen by the Lord to become the chaste guardian of the Virgin Mary and in some degree, the shadow of the heavenly Father during Jesus’ childhood and adolescence.  He too was asked to have a faith full of trust in God and humble collaboration with His plan of redemption.

This was not an easy adventure.  It is enough to think of the Angel’s warning to save the child from Herod by fleeing into Egypt with the tiny Baby and His Mother!  Joseph does not try to find excuses nor does he waste words.  He immediately obeys God.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will remain near this saint, so distant in time but so actual.  Even today, a silence pervaded by a love filled ‘yes’ to God is the healthy root for a new way of being, of dialoging, and of acting.

 Lord, through the intercession of St. Joseph, grant that I may love silence, one from which are born true words and just and creative action.

 The voice of Di Jill Cooper, Athletic Trainer

 Have faith and your faith will repay you more and more without you realizing it.


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