The Feast of St. Joseph, Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Morning Psalm: 132 | Evening Psalm: 34
Isaiah 63:7-16 | Ephesians 3:14-21 | Matthew 1:18-25
As we draw near to the end of this Lenten season, we take time today to remember St. Joseph. The Gospel lesson for today reminds us of the key role that Joseph played in God’s plan to bring His holy Son into the world to live among us and to save us.
Joseph was engaged to Mary but there was a problem; Mary was pregnant and Joseph was not the father. Under the law, Joseph could have dispensed with the whole problem, but he did not wish to divorce Mary. What to do must have weighed heavily on Joseph’s heart and mind. Perhaps as he was taking a nap out in his shop, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and directed Joseph what to do. Joseph was to take Mary as his wife and name the son, “Jesus,” for He shall save His people. By naming the son, Joseph passed on his lineage, as a son of David, to Jesus, fulfilling Scripture and continuing God’s plan.
In the quietness of sleep, the wisdom of God can often be heard and made manifest to help us in our lives and help us to continue with our part in God’s plan. The whole of the story was not revealed to Joseph in that miraculous dream, just the answer for the coming days. May we find that stillness where we too may hear an angel of the Lord and obey what it is God would have us do.
O God, who from the family of Your servant David raised up Joseph to be the guardian of Your incarnate Son and the spouse of His virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to your commands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect for Saint Joseph, 1979 Book of Common Prayer, p. 239)
The Rev. Bill Starke (MDiv 2007, DMin student)
Registrar, Trinity School for Ministry
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