Monday, March 18, 2013

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Reflection:  We see a great example of faith, trust, charity, and love in Saint Joseph.  We see him try to protect Mary from shame in spite of his initial belief of her infidelity.  Then, after the appearance of an angel, we see Joseph accept Mary into his home out of great faith, trust, and love.  Joseph maintains his promise of marriage to Mary, trusting in her relationship with God.  He shows great charity in opening his home to her and accepting God’s will for Mary and her virginity as his own act of love and charity as a husband.  Joseph lovingly accepts a unique role as human father to our Lord.

Reflection for younger saints:  Joseph trusted God and Mary so much that he welcomed Mary and her child into his home.  By doing this he showed great faith, and became the human father of Jesus.

Big Picture:  Out of faith and love, welcome the Lord into your home

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Who is Jesus’ mother?  Who is Joseph?  How did Joseph know to trust Mary and that the child she was carrying was the son of God?  (An angel appeared to him).  What did Joseph do after the angel appeared?  (Out of faith and love he took Mary into his home.)
     Older saints:  What type of punishment may Mary had received if Joseph had not taken her into his home?  Think of how the story of Jesus’ life would have changed if Joseph had not acted out of trust and love and welcomed Mary into his home?  Do we love and trust the Lord enough to welcome Him into our homes and hearts?

Fun Fact:  The Gospel is a climax for the Liturgy of the Word, and is always proclaimed by either a Priest or Deacon.

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Joseph
     What they are remembered for:  St. Joseph is not seen as much as Mary in scripture, but he is described as being a “just man” and a “righteous man.”  St. Joseph was known for his love and knowledge of scripture, and was clearly a man trusted and loved by God. 
     Feast day:  March 19
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