St. Joseph, Husband of Mary

Matthew 1: 16,18-21,24
2 Sm 7:4-5,12-14,16 / Ps 89:2-5,27,29 / Rom 4:13,16-18,22

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife into his home.
(Matthew 1: 24)

St. Joseph, humble spouse of Mary,
Blessed model in our hurts and pain,
Inspire us never to grow weary
Serving God for our eternal gain.

Joseph (was) the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 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; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to send her away quietly. 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; she will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife into his home.

Reflection

Of all the saints and martyrs of the Church, none enjoys more prominence — aside of course from his blessed wife, who happens to be the Mother of God — than St. Joseph. His stature is not only by virtue of being the foster-father of Jesus, our Redeemer, as well as spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and head of the Holy Family, but by his exemplary gifts of humility, obedience, patience and great faith in God. The Church honors this great saint as its model and patron saint of fathers and husbands, of laborers, especially craftsmen, and as protector of the universal Church. And yet so little of the life of this humble saint is featured in the Bible. He is only mentioned in the Nativity account of the first two chapters in Matthew, and only in passing in the Gospel of Luke, and none at all in the other two Gospel accounts. It is only by inference that we can have a glimpse of the man’s strength of character, who never spoke a single word in the Gospel accounts. When he learned that his betrothed was pregnant, there was no rancor or bitterness in his heart, but rather a deep concern for the safety of Mary, who would have been stoned to death on mere suspicion of adultery. He never questioned his role when an angel appeared to him in a dream on two occasions, but immediately took action (Mt.1:24, 2:14). When their child Jesus went missing for three days, and they finally found him in the temple, Joseph uttered no word of chastisement; it was Mary who complained to Him, saying, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety” (Lk.2:48-49). As the adoptive father of the Redeemer, he performed his duties as provider and protector diligently, and was content to stay in the shadows of Jesus and Mary, the principal characters in God’s plan of salvation.

St. Joseph is my patron saint, having been born a day before his feast day. He is my model of what an ideal husband and father should be. His strength of character has always been my inspiration in fidelity to my marriage vows, and his humility and great faith in God the ideals worth aspiring for in my life. I follow his example in my attitude towards my children, providing for all their needs and protecting them from evil influences, but never imposing my will on them, acknowledging that God has put them under my care and stewardship. In the spiritual plane, like St. Joseph, I am also their “adoptive father”, who must give them the proper moral and spiritual guidance that will hopefully lead them to their heavenly Father.

Father God, thank You for the influence of St. Joseph, Your model of devotion to Jesus and fidelity to His Mother. As we honor his name, grant that he may also be our intercessor for the graces we need to fulfill our own mission in life. Amen.

2 Responses to “St. Joseph, Husband of Mary”

  1. Doming  on March 19th, 2008

    I praise and thank the LORD for sending His Spirit among us, little worms that we are! Indeed we are bought with a price, and these worms, in God’s grace, are now heirs of heaven! Thank you for your blogs. The Spirit is indeed alive and moving!

  2. momong  on March 20th, 2008

    Thank you, Bro. Doming. May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire us in relating the Word of God to our daily lives.

    God bless you.