Thursday, 20 March 2014

Feast of Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph - Patron and Protector of the Universal Church

How does Saint Joseph exercise his role as protector ??

Discreetly, humbly, and silently but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand. From the time of his betrothal to Mary until the finding of the twelve year old Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, he is there at every moment with loving care. As the spouse of Mary he is at her side in good times and bad, on the journey to Bethlehem, in the anxious and joyful hours when she gave birth; amid the drama of the flight to Egypt; during the frantic search for their child in the Temple; and in the day to day life at Nazareth, in the workshop where he taught his trade to Jesus Christ.

How does Saint Joseph respond to his calling to be the protector of Mary, Jesus, and the Universal Church ?? By being constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God's presence and receptive to God's plans not simply to his own.

Saint Joseph is a "Protector" because he is able to hear God's voice and be guided by his will;and for this reason, he is all the more sensitive to the persons entrusted to his care.

In him, we learn how to respond to God's Call readily and willingly but we also see the core of the "Christian Vocation", which is Christ !!

In this Month of March, dedicated to Saint Joseph, let us seek his intercession that he helps us to preserve and uphold the family as the first social institution established by God on earth. (Genesis 1:27-28)

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