March 19, 2014
SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH, SPOUSE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
2 Samuel 7:4-5A, 12-14A, 16 * Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22 * Luke 2:41-51A
A good father is faithful to his children and his spouse. He does everything and would sacrifice anything for their good because he loves them. St. Joseph is the example par excellence of Christian fatherhood. He, like his ancestors David and Abraham, is faithful to God’s laws, living them out in their truest sense.
He is the protector of the nascent Church, likely at a great cost to himself when he takes Mary into his home after she is found with Child during their betrothal. He is the guardian of Christ’s silent years through whom the Child Jesus learned to be a man. Imagine the many hours he and Jesus spent together in the carpenter’s shop in Nazareth as Mary watched on. Imagine the fear and haste motivated by love with which he ran back to Jerusalem when they couldn’t find Jesus. Though he knows that Christ is not his own biologically, he nevertheless regards him as a son.
By his example, St. Joseph images for us God the Father, who is and will always be faithful to us as his adopted sons and daughters claimed by Christ at baptism. Let us pray to him to help us to be faithful to God’s plan for us.
- Are there parts of my life where I have not allowed my faith to transform—where I believe I am self sufficient?
- Do I see God as my father?
Class of 2013
Major: Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Future Plans: I am a seminarian preparing for the priesthood for the Diocese of Austin at Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas.
St. Mary's Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.