Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 40 The Proper Amount of Drink
Mass: 2 Sam 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16; Resp Ps 89; Rm 4:13, 16-18, 22; Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.

My reflections are on the themes of reverence and obedience.

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.
(Lk 1:38)

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.
(Mt 1:24)

Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
(Lk 2:51)

Almighty God, who called Saint Joseph to a life of quiet trust and faithful labor, grant us the grace to imitate Christ's foster father, that we may be pillars of patience and integrity in our homes and places of work, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Magnificat, Prayer for the Morning, March 19, 2019)

Saint Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary, watch over the whole Church always, and protect Her in every moment.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, March 19, 2019)

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