Monday, October 31, 2016

The Third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary: St.Joseph's Role in the Birth of Jesus

The third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary presents not only the humble, poverty-laden birth of the Jesus Christ. But it reminds us of an honest, loving father and husband who listens to God’s direction and does all he can to ensure the safety and well being of his family.

St. Joseph, the quiet foster father of our Lord, sits in the background of Luke’s Gospel, but he comes to the foreground in Matthew’s account of Christ’s birth. First, St. Matthew describes Joseph’s loyalty, faith, and ability to put God and charity first: “When Joseph awoke, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home” (Matthew 1:2). Then, in a whirlwind of difficulty, Joseph perseveres and listens to God. And in that listening, he takes the Holy Family, now refugees, into an unknown territory, putting all of his trust in God: “Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt” (Matthew 2:14).

St. Joseph, foster father of my Lord, husband of the Blessed Mother, please pray for me that I, too, can be a man of Christ, a loving, faithful father and husband in this difficult-to-navigate world.  Amen.