March 19, 2015

Joseph

March 19, 2015:  St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

See 11 connections with today's celebration?
Legend below

Listen

  • Psalm 89/ Barrie (psalm) [requires free Scorch plug-in to hear/see] (psalm)
Read
  • 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16  Lord to Nathan for David:  “I'll make your heir's kingdom firm.  He'll build me a house.  I'll be a father to him; he a son to me.  Your house and kingdom shall endure forever.’”
  • Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29  "The son of David will live for ever."  I'll sing the Lord's promises forever.
    Colored because today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph;
    no relation to the "coat of many colors" of another Joseph
  • Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22  The promise was made to Abraham, through the righteousness that comes from faith, that he would inherit the world.  He believed and hoped that he would become the father of many nations.
  • Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a  Mary, betrothed, was found with child.  Joseph decided to divorce her, but the angel said the Spirit conceived in her; take her and name him Jesus.  Joseph did as the angel commanded.
  • Lk 2:41-51a  Jesus, 12, went with his parents to Jerusalem, then stayed behind.  His parents returned and found him in the temple.  Mary/Jesus:  “Why have you done this to us?” / “Didn't you know I must be in my Father’s house?”  He returned with them and obeyed.
    Reflect
      • Creighton:  Joseph opted for tolerance and love in first choosing to divorce her quietly (lest she'd be stoned) before the angel appeared.  When God sends me a messenger, do I listen?  Have I opened my heart to hear God? 
      • One Bread One Body:  "No fear":  Joseph, who guarded Jesus and Mary, will guard us if we let him.
      • Passionist:  Joseph had to have courage and faith to accept God’s message to him to take Mary into his home instead of divorcing her quietly.  St. Paul connects justice with faith:  “It was not through the law that the promise was made... but through righteousness from faith.”  May we be people of righteousness, faith, mercy, and God’s sense of justice.
      • DailyScripture.net:  Joseph is a model of faith and justice.  John Chrysostom re Joseph's virtue:  " 'Just' here means possessing all the virtues.  'Justice' is sometimes understood as only one virtue... but it can refer to virtue in general, as scripture usually uses it.  Joseph was  just, i.e. good and charitable..."
      • Universalis:  St. Joseph, carpenter who accepted God's will, supported Mary, reared Jesus.  Patron saint of universal Church; also considered patron of artisans and other workers. See Catholic Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
      Buon appetito!
      Thanks, Bro. Mickey McGrath
      Dress legend
      • 'Castle' button:  Your heir shall build a house for my name.  (1st reading) (I know he wasn't talking about a physical house.)
      • 'Car' tie pin:  Mary & Joseph thought Jesus was in the caravan (gospel)
      • 'Question mark' tie pin:  Jesus was asking the teachers questions (gospel)
      • White shirt:  St. Joseph (color of day)
      • 'Angel' pin:  Angel appeared to Joseph
      • Tie with crowns:  I'll make David's heir's kingdom firm (1st reading)
      • 'Rock' tie pin:  God, the Rock (psalm)
      • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  Mary conceived by Holy Spirit (gospel)
      • Purple suspenders:  Lenten season