The Stepfather of the Lord

Today is Tuesday of Holy Week.

As we move in faithful anticipation of the Lord’s passion, let us today remember and honor Saint Joseph, the beloved spouse of Mary and stepfather of Jesus.  It seems that Joseph is often forgotten when we reflect on the Holy Family, and that is puzzling when we consider his many contributions in salvation history.

Without Joseph’s courage to take Mary into his home despite her pregnancy, Jesus would have been born into disgrace and as an outcast.

Without Joseph’s willingness to relocate his family to Egypt, Jesus would have been killed by edict of Herod.

Without Joseph’s example of what it meant to be a righteous man, Jesus would not have learned how to conduct himself as the Son of his Father.

Joseph was, to put it simply, an amazing man.

Glorious Saint Joseph, 
pattern of all who are devoted to toil, 
obtain for me the grace to toil in the spirit of penance, 
in order thereby to atone for my many sins; 
to toil conscientiously, putting devotion to duty before my own inclinations; 
to labour with thankfulness and joy, deeming it an honor to employ and to develop, 
by my labour, the gifts that I have received from Almighty God;  to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties; 
to work above all with a pure intention and with detachment from self, 
having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must then render of time ill-spent, of talents unemployed, of good undone, 
and of my empty pride in success, which is so fatal to the work of God. 
All for Jesus, all through Mary, all in imitation of thee, O Patriarch Joseph! 
This shall be my motto in life and in death.                                                                                                      Amen.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

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One Response to The Stepfather of the Lord

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    Joseph gives His message and His mission to men who, like Joseph, cultivate ears to hear and then choose to exercise authentic manly virtue and act out of courage. He still invites men to turn the ordinary into extraordinary through cooperation and participation in God’s plan. God is looking for a few good men like Joseph who will work in the workshop of the world that he created in order to recreate it anew in His Son. In this age with few real heroes, men should rediscover this true hero, this man’s man named Joseph. Then, we need to follow his example by courageously, humbly and faithfully loving Jesus Christ. We need to learn to give our “Yes” to the God whose love always invites participation.

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