Posted by: livingscripture | March 19, 2019


Second Tuesday of Lent, March 19, 2019

WORD of the DAY

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”. (Matthew 1: 18-21)

How shall I live this Word?

“When Mary His Mother was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit”. Only a man of great faith and deep humility could believe with simplicity in a mystery so beyond our thoughts. Joseph was that man. He did not understand what had happened to Mary, but he could read her innocence in her eyes. He could not bear to see her the object of sneers from the people of Nazareth because of her pregnancy. Thus, he did not repudiate her, at the cost of his own reputation. In fact, his neighbors thought of him as incapable of assuming his responsibilities as demanded by the Law. In Joseph, we see the total sacrifice of himself for Mary’s welfare. He applies the law of love, the heart of the Gospel. And this is not all. As soon as he receives the angel’s message in a dream, he leaves his home, his land, to go to Egypt and then return as soon as another angel is sent from Heaven. A generous and faithful man, he has no plans of his own. Day after day, he abandons himself to God’s will. Joseph is the just and patient man who faces the various circumstances of life, of joys, amazement, anxiety, mystery. Rightly so has he been called the shadow of the Father, the presence of God close to Jesus.
Today, I will ask St. Joseph to help me to live each moment in love, an attitude that also Pope Francis considers to be the root of holiness.

THE VOICE OF Silvano Fausti, Biblical Scholar

Joseph means ‘God adds’. It is the secret name of every finite person who desires the infinite, indeed, the Infinite – open to what transcends them and alone can fill them. The human being is made for this divine addition: “You have made us for Yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You”.

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