The Gospel Today
Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of Mary
Mt. 1:16, 18-21, 24A
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.
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.
Such 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.
Reflection (Sem. Tommy Lira)
The feast of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary reminds us of our earthly fathers. Maybe some of us may not agree with me as to how fathers affect goodness especially in nurturing family values at home but I believe that what fathers are, they are called to build trust and love in the family. A father is not only called to support the family in financial aspect but as fathers they are reminded that true love sees the best in every member of the family. We may not all be called fathers, but the challenge is to live that love shown to us by our heavenly Father who cares and who believes in us.
One of the simple ways to emulate love is learning to take time for people. Like Jesus in the Gospel who stayed in the temple perhaps taking time in His Father’s house, we too should learn to make someone feel special today. Instead of trying to figure out what others can do for you, perhaps it is good to start looking for things that we can do for somebody else today. Maybe you can buy somebody’s lunch, give someone a ride, washing the dishes, help an old lady cross the street or perhaps a smile you can make someone feel loved and appreciated.
When we sow love to others then we are showing the Father’s love to the world. Learning to give time, encourage someone or meet somebody’s needs are deeds that do not go unnoticed by God. All acts of kindness that brightens someone’s day are delights in the eyes of God and God in His mercy and goodness will give you in abundance.
Like Saint Joseph who cares and loves his family, we too are challenged to do good to people by start asking, Who can I bless today?