Friday, March 19, 2010

St. Joseph - A Righteous Man

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph, the earthly father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Joseph was not chosen in the great plan of salvation by chance. It is obvious that he was to be someone of immense humility to play a minor role compared to his wife Mary and his son Jesus. Joseph will always be for me the patron saint of both fathers and workers. How proud he must of been of his son. He did as all good fathers do, get up each and every day and provide for their family. He did both the work of providing an earthly home and the work of providing us all a heavenly home. He is in heaven quietly working for all of us here. St. Joseph, pray for us.
Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Matthew 1:19
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah. Luke 1:16

uch was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "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.Luke 1:20-24

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." Luke 1:26-28

So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger Luke 2:16

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