When Life Changed for Joseph, It Did for the Rest of Us as Well
Reflections on the readings for the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 19, 2018): 2 SM 7:4-5,12-14,16; PS 89:2-3,4-5,27,29; Rom 4:13,16-18,22, MT 1:16,18-21, 24
MISSIO offers “Mission In Scripture” to nurture a missionary heart, providing reflections on the missionary themes in the readings of Sundays, Feast Days and Holy Days.
Joseph, a descendent of King David, was a poor carpenter and a loyal Jew betrothed to a lovely and equally poor and devout young Jewish woman. He looked forward to bringing her into his home, to having a happy life together, and, hopefully, having a family. Then he learned that his cherished Mary was already pregnant – and his world was transformed forever. “Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly…when…the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream.… When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel…had commanded him and took his wife into his home” (Matthew 1:19-20, 24).When Joseph’s life changed, so did ours. He was a vital part of God’s plan to redeem the world. So Joseph, who had wanted and expected a simple, quiet life, said “Yes” to God just as Mary had. And, although much of their time together raising Jesus was quiet, it was no longer simple. But seeking God’s will instead of our own can do that sometimes. Like Joseph we need to trust our Lord and let Him have His way with us.
Suggested missionary action: Let us ask St. Joseph to protect our loved ones and us. We can also ask him to help us grow in faith and the desire to serve God by helping His people in material and spiritual need.