Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin, Mary. Although not much is said of him in scripture, he seems larger than life. Often, we only think of Saint Joseph when there is a nativity play and some child plays his part. His life was marked by being just. He did what he thought was not just fair, but what was more than fair. He was willing to take a pregnant Mary as his wife even though he knew he was not the father of her Child. He travelled alongside Mary in her last days before she gave birth. He protected the Child and His mother during the trying times of giving birth in a stable. He followed the direction of God relayed to him in dreams and took the family to Egypt to prevent any harm coming to them. He showed his concern for Jesus when Jesus remained in Jerusalem for three days unbeknown to him and Mary.
Joseph’s life was filled with challenges and difficulties, but he continued to trust in God’s plan and he did all he could to provide a safe and secure environment for Mary and Jesus, all because of his faith in God and his sense of being just.
Pope Francis has proclaimed 2021 as the Year of St. Joseph.
APOSTOLIC LETTER PATRIS CORDE
OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
ON THE 150th ANNIVERSARY
OF THE PROCLAMATION OF SAINT JOSEPH
AS PATRON OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH