The Feast of St. Joseph

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

. . . he did what the angel of the Lord had ordered him and took Mary home as his wife.
(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.

. . . Jacob (was) the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah. . . This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’”. When Joseph awoke, he did what the angel of the Lord had ordered him and took Mary home as his wife. (Matthew 1:16,18-21,24)


Joseph, the husband of Mary, and foster father of Jesus, was just a poor unlettered carpenter, but he was a man of quiet dignity and strength of character. When he learned that his betrothed was pregnant, he decided to divorce her secretly, so as not to expose her to shame. But an angel appeared to him in a dream and told him, “It is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her” (Mt.1:20). He told him that this happened in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy

One of the greatest patriarchs in the Old Testament, and the closest precursor of the Messiah was Joseph, one of the two sons of Jacob by Rachel. He was known as ‘Joseph, the Dreamer,’ the earliest mystic who became the savior of Israel when he was sold as a slave to Egypt. Because of his dreams, he saved nations from the 7 years of famine that followed the 7 years of bountiful harvests. The Pharaoh of Egypt put him in charge of his whole kingdom, becoming the most powerful man in Egypt next only to the Pharaoh at the young age of thirty.

Joseph, the husband of Mary, like his Old Testament counterpart, was also begot by a man named Jacob. He was also enlightened through a dream. But unlike Joseph of Egypt, he never saved any nation in his lifetime. In fact, he never spoke or wrote a single word in the Bible. He was perhaps the meekest and humblest of all the saints. But God saw fit that this lowly carpenter would be the protector and guardian of the Redeemer of the world. Next to the Blessed Mother, he is the greatest of all saints.

St. Joseph’s feast day comes after my natal day. He is my patron saint and model. I believe I have become a good husband and father largely because of the influence of St. Joseph, although my wife insists it was her devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that kept me firm in my fidelity to our marriage vows.

Fittingly, St. Joseph is known as the patron saint of laborers and fathers. Most of us, who labor to spread God’s Word and fathers, should look up to the righteousness of St. Joseph, who is the model of all men who wish to remain faithful sons of God.

St. Joseph, beloved foster father of our Savior, pray for us, that we may always be strong in our commitment to serve your beloved Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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