Saturday 19 March 2016
SOLEMNITY OF ST JOSEPH HUSBAND OF MARY
Luke 2:41-51(See how worried your father and I have been looking for you)
Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of St Joseph the husband of Mary the Mother of God.The Gospel passage relates the story of the holy family’s journey to celebrate the Passover and Jesus remaining in the temple without informing his parents causing Mary and Joseph much worry and concern. The joy of finding Jesus after three days of searching filled them with joy.One of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. This solemnity reminds us of the Church’s focus on the family and the responsibility of parents in loving and caring for their children given to them as gifts from God. St Joseph is held up to us as a model and example of what it means to be a loving and faithful husband and father. St Joseph devoted his life to serving and protecting his family. Joseph’s ministry as guardian and protector speaks to us today with the challenges facing family life. What was wonderful to see in the life of St Joseph was his bringing together the spiritual and the human. Joseph’s faithful obedience to God and his warm and caring ways for his family. It is not easy raising a family nowadays. St Joseph’s life manifests how he strove to be close to God and hear his voice. The other Gospel passages tell us of these. The time Mary was to bear the child Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit and Joseph decided to divorce Mary informally so save her publicity. Joseph listened to the voice of the angel’ Joseph son of David,do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.’Joseph as protector of his family fled with them into Egypt when Herod wanted to destroy the new born infant king. Joseph walked and talked with God,and sought wisdom and light in the challenges and difficulties he encountered. We look to him as the perfect example of discipleship and fatherhood. To husbands and fathers today together with your wife and children look to St Joseph for strength and courage. As the season of Lent draws to a close hopefully families have reflected on their lives together. That fathers,mothers and children have affirmed what is good in the family and that where there are areas of growth needed they have decided to make the change. Where there is need for reconciliation it has been persued.
Prayer: We give thanks and praise to the Father for St Joseph and his example of being a loving husband to Mary and father to Jesus. May St Joseph pray for all families as they open their lives to listening to the voice of God and walk in his ways as loving and caring families.Amen
+ Bishop Peter Holiday — Diocese of Kroonstad