Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Second Book of Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16, Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29,
Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22, & Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Luke 2:41-51a
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. His relation to others defines Saint Joseph’s entire life. He is the earthly father of Jesus, the husband of Mary, and we celebrate him today for his fidelity and courage in fulfilling his obligation to each of them.
We do not hear a single word of Saint Joseph in the Scriptures. He is the archetypal strong silent type and a great example to us in an increasingly noisy and unsettling world. For all of his virtues, he has been called an icon of our faith. His love for Our Lady, care for Jesus, obedience, faith, purity, simplicity, courage, and hope speak loudly from the home he builds in Nazareth.
Saint Joseph is a quiet man of action. His actions are oriented and obedient to the will of God. Whatever vision he may have had of his life was radically altered that night when the angel 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.” When Joseph woke up, we know he did what the angel of the Lord told him to do (Mt. 1:20-22, 24).
Our Lord Jesus will come to be recognized as the Son of God and the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Mary will be known as the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church. Our good Saint Joseph will be remembered in relation to them. Joseph’s greatness is found in his willingness to let Mary and Jesus be who they should be. Just like Saint John the Baptist, he decreased so that they may increase.
Question of the Day: As the Church honors a Year of Saint Joseph, will you ask, through his intercession, that all fathers care for their wives and children and be an example of faith, hope, and love to them?
Prayer: Father, allow us to live like Saint Joseph so that we may become icons of the living Lord, which will be a life well-lived. Amen. (See also the Novena to St. Joseph above.)