Posted by: livingscripture | March 19, 2015

St. Joseph

From the Word of the Day

“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’.”   

 (Matthew 1: 20-21)   


How should we live this WordJoseph 2

The angel reassures Joseph that what he is living is in God’s heart.  His love and his rectitude are accomplishing great things not only for him and Mary, but for all of humanity.  His task is to give Jesus a name, which for the Jews means continuing their tradition.  Joseph accepts to give a name other than that of his own flesh and blood, and this allows the start of a new epoch, that of faith: ‘You will name Him Jesus!’

Thus Joseph accepted to give Jesus not his name, but to give Him the name chosen from on high.  Like Mary, Joseph lived his life in function of that name and not for himself.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this great Saint and ask Joseph to give me a spirit of readiness to do God’s will as he had.

St. Joseph, teach me to never attribute any good to myself but to God’s grace as you did.  Help me to repeat over and over the precious name of Jesus that He may become my reason for existence.

 The Voice of a Prayer to St. Joseph

O Blest Joseph, we come to you, who knew tribulation, confident that we can invoke your patronage, after that of you holy spouse, Mary.  For the love you bore Mary and her most holy Son, Jesus, help us in our need, and protect us as you protected the Holy Family.  Protect us from the evil one; defend the Church of God, from all hostility and adversity.  Help us to follow your example that we may live in God’s grace and be with you in Heaven one day.



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