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Thursday, March 19, 2009

19 March ~~ Feast of Saint Joseph , chaste spouse of Holy Mother of God

I'll start this day meditation with a confession : I never called Jaint Joseph only husband of Mary , because Saint Joseph is the chaste spouse of Immaculate Mother of God .
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We know also that he was a carpenter, a working man, for the skeptical Nazarenes ask about Jesus, "Is this not the carpenter's son?" (Matthew 13:55). Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came from a royal lineage. Luke and Matthew disagreed some about the details of Joseph's genealogy but they both mark his descent from David, the greatest king of Israel (Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38). Indeed the Archangel Gabriel who first tells Joseph about Jesus and greets him as
"son of David," a royal title used also for Jesus.
We know Joseph was a compassionate, caring man , devoted to his Holy family and God . We know Joseph was man of faith, obedient to whatever God asked of him without knowing the outcome. When the angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him the truth about the child Mary was carrying, Joseph immediately and without question or concern for gossip, took Mary as his wife. When the angel came again to tell him that his family was in danger, he immediately left everything he owned, all his family and friends, and fled to a strange country with his young wife and the baby. He waited in Egypt without question until the angel told him it was safe to go back (Matthew 2:13-23).
More that this we know how much Saint Joseph loved and adored the Saviour of mankind and Redeemer of the world . His one concern was for the safety of this child entrusted to him. Not only did he leave his home to protect Jesus, but upon his return settled in the obscure town of Nazareth out of fear for his life.
We celebrate two feast days for Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Chaste spouse of Mary and May 1 for Joseph the Worker.
There is much we wish we could know about Joseph -- where and when he was born, how he spent his days, when and how he died. But Scripture has left us with the most important knowledge: he was -- "a righteous man" (Matthew 1:18).

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Our Lady is the Terror of demons, who crushes the serpent's head, so before it are terrified and flee the demons of Hell!