Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

2 Samuel 7:4-5,12-14,16; Psalm 88(89):2-5,27,29; Romans 4:13,16-18,22; Matthew 1:16,18-21,24

Today is a solemnity - and we remember such an important person in the history of our relationship with God - Joseph, husband of Mary. The Gospel todays starts with just the ending of Matthew's Genealogy of Jesus - Jospeh was Jacobs son, Husband of Mary, Mother of Jesus.

Joseph was either enraged to find that his betrothed was pregnant, or, I think more hopefully, was trusting and not willing to interfere in this remarkable intervention of the Holy Spirit in Mary's life. Either way - he responded with no difficulty to Gods call in the plan, and kept Mary as his wife and protected her and in due course, the child from those with evil intent.

Later, Jesus taught us that the name of God our Father - Abba. He must have personally experienced a superlative role model in Joseph's foster-fathering to be Abel o do that.

Joseph, pray for all Fathers, that they might follow your example and welcome Jesus into their families lives.

Posted in Daily Reflection.