Friday, March 19, 2010

Daily Office Reflection: St. Joseph

MP: Psalm 132; Isaiah 63:7-16; Matthew 1:18-25
EP: Psalm 34; 2Chronicles 6:12-17; Ephesians 3:14-21

We celebrate St. Joseph today. St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and the male-rearer and protector of Jesus. We know so little about this man who responded to the call, in a dream, to take care of Mary and name and raise with Mary the baby she was going to give birth to.

Lesser Feasts and Fasts says of Joseph: Known as Joseph the Carpenter, he is considered the patron saint of the working man, one who not only worked with his hands, but taught his trade to Jesus. The little that is told of him is a testimony to the trust in God which values simple everyday duties, and gives example of a loving husband and father.

Keeping Joseph as a model, really unknown, uncelebrated, but stalwart in his support and mission in life is something good to think about in Lent.

Copyright 2010, The Rev. John F. Dwyer. All Rights Reserved.

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