He did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him

March 19, 2015 9:00 am

“‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.” (MT 1: 20.24)

This amazing saint was so close to the Mystery of the Holy Family, true father to Our Lord and husband to Our Lady and at the same time so far from himself. Never concentrating on himself, he always focused on others—the perfect example of the gift of self. He is called in the Litany by many different names: Joseph most just, most chaste, most prudent, most strong, most obedient, and most faithful. St. Theresa of Avila used to say that we should “go especially to Joseph, for he has great power with God.” He is never forgotten in the Church but always hidden; there is nowhere his words are written in the Bible, but the lives of Our Lord and Our Lady depended on him. He is regarded as a very special protector not only for carpenters, home buyers, workers and patron for the dying, but also especially for families.

“Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O Lord; they never cease to praise you.”

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