We celebrate today the holiness and faith of Saint Joseph, the courageous husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. How easy it would have been to run away from the enormous responsibility of taking on the role of father to the Son of God. Yet Joseph loved God and Mary so much that he was willing to dedicate his life to loving and protecting both of them.
Saint Joseph is the patron saint of workers, fathers, carpenters, and social justice. He is also patron saint of the dying because, assuming he died before Jesus’ public life, he died with Jesus and Mary close to him. Joseph is also patron of the universal Church.
Our gospel passage today from Matthew tells us of the righteousness and obedience of Joseph.
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.
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.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
Ok, be honest. How many of you knew that the name of Saint Joseph’s father was Jacob? Yeah, me neither.
Most Holy Saint Joseph, pray for us.