I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Reflection for Wednesday March 19 Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24

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Gospel: Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24                  
16 Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary  had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 19 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary  your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 21 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife into his home.
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We could just imagine what would have happened if Saint Joseph did not cooperate with the plan of God. For example, if he pursued his plan to quietly divorce the Blessed Mother. If he did not listen to the angel of the Lord who spoke to him in his dream.

But in his humility and docility Joseph listened to God, thus he discontinued his plan to quietly divorce Mary. He instead brought her home to shield her from any public scandal. Such is Joseph a Godly man, a man who valued the voice of God dearly.

Saint Joseph did not stop by assuming his responsibility, he also ensured that his family would be protected from any harm. When He was told by an angel to bring his family to Egypt because of the threat against Jesus he brought them to Egypt (Matthew 2:13).  When he was told once again by the angel that they could now safely return to Israel he did so without asking any question (Matthew 2:20).

Let us be inspired by the life of Saint Joseph: His humility, his willingness to listen to the voice of God. His unconditional love and protection for his wife and his child. His character of being a responsible spouse and parent.

Let us therefore reflect on how we carry out our roles as a child of God, as a parent and as a spouse. Do we listen to the voice of God? Are we loving and protective to our respective  families?     

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