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SOLEMNITY OF SAINT JOSEPH, SPOUSE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY



A reading of the holy Gospel according to Luke 2:41-51a

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.


REFLECTION: "Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”

Most of us listen to the noises in our lives. We gravitate to the one with the jovial personality, the witty one, the most popular or the most talented. How many would seek a quiet person? It is easy to dismiss the silent ones because we may think they are not important, not aware of what is happening and even totally unimportant.


St Joseph never has a spoken word recorded in the Bible. Yet next to our Blessed Mother he was most important to Jesus. He was the foster father of Jesus as Mother Mary refers to him in the gospel. God the Father entrusted the care of Jesus to St Joseph. He had the gift to discern God's will through dreams. He protected Mary when she became pregnant, immediately took the Holy Family to Egypt upon learning of Herod's deadly decree and was a loving father and husband.


As husband of Mary, he protected, provided for and prayed with the Holy Family.

Entrusted to being the foster father of Jesus, he taught Him how to walk, speak, read, pray, play and learn a trade. And Jesus grew in the silence of a very ordinary life in prayer, work and love.


One hundred fifty years ago Pope Pius IX declared St Joseph the patron of the universal church. Pope Francis opened this year to be a "Year of St Joseph".


God saw St Joseph as the best foster father for Jesus. Can we entrust our family, children and ourselves to the Custodian of Jesus?


God Bless You



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