St. Joseph’s Day

And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife.

Matthew 1:24

St. Joseph is a man of mystery in the Scriptures. We don’t read much about him, and he doesn’t say anything.

“In Matthew, Joseph obeys the direction of an angel to marry Mary. Following the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, Joseph is told by an angel in a dream to take the family to Egypt to escape the massacre of the children of Bethlehem planned by Herod, the ruler of the Roman province of Judea. Once Herod has died, an angel tells Joseph to return, but to avoid Herod’s son he takes his wife and the child to Nazareth in Galilee and settles there. Thus in Matthew, the infant Jesus, like Moses, is in peril from a cruel king, like Moses he has a (fore)father named Joseph who goes down to Egypt, like the Old Testament Joseph this Joseph has a father named Jacob, and both Josephs receive important dreams foretelling their future.” That is from Wikipedia, which can be a great source of preliminary information.

Quiet though he may be – he is a man of action! He rises from his sleep and does the bidding of the Lord!

Would that we all do the same, for such excellence the idea displays.

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us; that we may rise from our sleep and do the bidding of the Lord.   

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