St Joseph, Spouse of Mary,  Monday, 20th March,2017  (Mt 1:16,18-21,24)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

God’s Providence: In today’s Gospel event, Joseph intended to divorce Mary informally.  However, an angel appeared to him in a dream asking him to accept Mary to be his wife.  God communicates His Will and Care for us in different ways. Ponder on your life and realize that you are what you are today because of God’s unfailing Love for you.  Thank the Lord and do not take Him for granted.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

 Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ. 

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being an upright man and wanting to spare her disgrace, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’  

When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Joseph was a just and God-loving man. When he heard that Mary his fiancée was pregnant, he was neither hasty to judge nor react with hurt and anger. Instead he brought this troubling matter to God in prayer.

  • God rewarded him with the divine assurance that he had indeed called him to “take Mary to be his wife” and to be part of God's greater plan of salvation for mankind. A role that would require the utmost faith, confidence, and trust in God.

  • How ready are you in entrusting your concerns, especially in complex and hopeless situations to God?  Pray for an increase in faith and hope in God.