Saturday 15 February 2014

Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity

Many of us would know something about our fathers and we would have grown under their guidance over the years. Some of us, due to one reason or another, may have not known much about our fathers. Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was one father whom we know very little about. The Gospels do not mention him much, except for the beginning from the time Jesus was conceived till He was lost and found at the Temple when He was twelve.

From the little we can glean about Saint Joseph in today's Gospel, we read that Saint Joseph was "a man of honour and wanting to spare Mary her publicity, decided to divorce her informally." However, when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream with a message of reassurance, Joseph "did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do." These verses already give us some idea of the sort of person Saint Joseph was. Though he was an upright man, he was also submissive to the will of God. Today's Gospel reminds us too of our role as fathers. Being a father or being called one is not enough; we need to show good example and yet be humble enough to listen to God's voice. Let us be lovingly macho in our relationship with God and with others, and follow the example of Saint Joseph.

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