The Gospel Today
Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Matthew 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. Jonathan Cigaral)
St. Joseph was an ordinary sort of man on whom God relied to do great things. He was obedient and did exactly what the Lord wanted him to do. This is the reason why the Gospel honors Joseph as a righteous or a “just man” (Mt. 1:19). In Hebrew, a just man means a good and faithful servant of God, someone who fulfils the divine will, or who is honorable or charitable towards his neighbor. As a just man, Joseph loves God and proves his love by keeping God’s commandments. He directs his whole life towards the service of Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I was young then when my father was promoted as sales supervisor of Coca-Cola Bottling Corporation. His early assignment as a new supervisor was to look for a lot where Coca-Cola could rent and put up a sales office in San Pablo City. My father talked to several brokers and was offered with many options. One Chinese businessman approached him and offered him a percentage from the monthly rental revenue if he chose his property. My father’s income back then was not sufficient enough to pay for all our needs in the family, thus making the offer really attractive. It was a tempting situation, but he opted to do what was righteous.
My father did not accept the offer, but he still referred the property to his superior for the location of the sales office. The negotiation was later on closed and the sales office was erected.
The Chinese businessman admired my father so much for not accepting his offer. The percentage from the revenue of the monthly rental offered to my father was so enticing and it could have given my father additional income, but his righteousness prevailed. It was a temptation indeed to accept the offer, but he knew that it was not the right thing to do. Because of my father’s righteous deeds, he earned the respect of the Chinese businessman and they later on became good friends.
My father, just like St. Joseph, went through difficult situations in life. But he trusted God and remained faithful to Him by keeping His commandments. This is the invitation of Gospel, to do what is right especially in the face of great temptation.