March 20, 2017 ST JOSEPH, SPOUSE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22
Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24
Joseph, her husband, since he was a righteous man… Matthew 1:19
Lord, you broke the mold when you created this man Joseph. He was the perfect choice for marriage to Mary. You prepared him so well to not just be a faithful husband and father but also a holy man who was loyal to the Father’s will. He accepted the will of God even when it seemed to go against all logic and everything he believed in. He had a plan to deal with this pregnancy situation. Because of his love of your Mother he had a kind and generous plan to follow the law. But Joseph listened. He listened to the angel and he listened to Mary. He turned away from the gossip of the neighbors and the human advice he was offered. With humility, courage and obedience, this great man chose a path that must have seemed crazy to most. Lord, when I am faced with a big choice help me to listen for your way. Help me to be flexible and peaceful and attentive to you whenever you speak. Show me your way, Lord, I’m ready. Amen.