Year of Saint Joseph 2021 – Part 3.2

Illustrations of Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph of Happy death

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Saint Joseph is also the patron of a happy demise. He died with Mary and Jesus at his side. At first, Joseph was scared to face his demise because of his sadness of not fulfilling more things in his life. But Mary and Jesus ensured him that those who do great deeds will have a good life and protection. Joseph dies peacefully with those promises. His holy death reflected his holy life. He was brave to accept his demise because he was a caring husband to Mary and a loving father to Jesus.

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Reflect

  • Do we feel a great fear, worriedness of unsettled matters, missing our loved ones, when death crosses our mind?
  • Do we constantly live in fear with the thought of death that cripples us to continue to live our fullest?

 

  • Are we leaving our lives every day in God’s presence with joy and to face every situation with the strength of God?
  • Are we making time to console and share Christ with those who are lonely, the poor, the lost, the elderly, etc.?
  • Do we attempt to console and comfort those who have lost their love ones?
  • Have we not forgiven or kept in touch with someone dear to us?

St. Joseph, patron saint of the Universal Church, Pray for us

Year of Saint Joseph 2021 – Part 3.1

Illustrations of Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph the carpenter

Image: St. Joseph with Jesus by unknown

Who is the patron saint of carpenters? We turn to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. Saint Joseph is an enigmatic figure in the Gospel. Though we know less about his life, Saint Joseph is well- loved by Catholics.

There are many symbols of Saint Joseph we can identify. One of them is a carpenter’s square of tools. It signifies his work as a carpenter. Jesus learned some carpentry skills from his foster father when growing up. Joseph as a Carpenter would have also worked with stones and the mason is a closer carpentry tool that we relate.

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Reflect

  • How do we look at our profession?
  • Are we ashamed or too proud of our profession?
  • Are we making use of our work talents that God has given us for his glory and the good of all?

 

 

 

  • Do we take time to improve and to do better at our work place each day and to extend a helping hand?
  • Do we use humility in our profession?
  • Do we apply the virtue of patience in our profession?
  • How do we look at our subordinates when we have been entrusted with authority?

St. Joseph, patron saint of the Universal Church, Pray for us

Year of Saint Joseph 2021 – Part 2

Characteristic of Joseph

  • Joseph really loved Mary. Even though it was an arranged marriage, the fact that he wanted to divorce her privately showed that he cared more about Mary than being vindicated for something wrong.
  • Everybody knew the story of Joseph and Mary, everybody knew what happened or at least what they accused them of what that happened, and Joseph by taking Mary as his wife shows great character that he was willing to do whatever it took and to deal with whatever would come in the future because he knew what the Lord had commanded and he loved Mary.
  • Joseph shows how much he cared for Jesus Christ. The fact that he actually names Jesus, as the gospel of Matthew’s account record shows that he not only was willing to take Mary in but he was actually taking Jesus in as his own adopted son. By naming Jesus, Joseph literally is adopting him legally into his own line, which is the reason that Jesus Christ can be called the ‘son of David’ just as Joseph was, the ‘son of David’. We learned that Joseph immediately reacted. In the scriptures it reads,

“Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:” – Matthew 1:24.

  • In other words, Joseph was quick to act and did exactly as the Angel told him the very next day. Joseph knows what is right and he acts. It is often said that Mary was chosen by the Lord because of her obedience, faithfulness and her devotion to the Lord which is absolutely true and I would say that is just as true that the Lord chose Joseph to be the adopted father of the Saviour because he knew who he was.
  • We can learn 5 amazing secrets of Life from St. Joseph

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  • 1. It is important to listen; our hearts must be attuned to the voice of God in our lives
  • 2. Belief and hope comes from the heart and we must believe God’s guidance in our lives
  • 3. To love God is to trust him. Knowing God is in charge of our lives, is enough for us
  • 4. Silence helps us to listen. Joseph was silent and he trusted, believed and was obedient to what was asked of him. He did not questioned God
  • 5. To be obedient to the will of God. Joseph immediately put into action the plan of God

Year of Saint Joseph 2021 – Part 1

Who is Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph by Spanish Old Master Paintings & Drawings

The Lineage of Joseph

Bethlehem, the city of David and his descendants, appears to have been the birth-place of Joseph. However, the Gospel history opens, Joseph was settled at Nazareth. We see Joseph’s appearances in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke; both the gospels state the genealogy of Jesus showing ancestry from King David. In the Gospel of Matthew follows the royal line from Solomon and as for the Gospel of Luke it traces the line back to Nathan, another son of David and Bathsheba. Hence, all the names between David and Joseph are different. Both the Gospels take different approaches however, Joseph was” of the house and lineage of David” (Luke 2:4)

Due to his ancestry to King David, Joseph’s connection is between the past covenant made with Abraham and Moses and also the New and the long lasting covenant which will be made by Christ.

What do we know about Saint Joseph?

Saint Joseph was truly a silent figure of the New Testament. In his life, he did great things for God that speaks volumes. We know that he is a carpenter, a working class man and also the foster father of Jesus. In the Gospel, we are familiar of the righteousness of Joseph. He was loyal to God and was caring for his spouse, Mary when she was pregnant and he accepted the responsibility of being a responsible husband to Mary and a caring father to Jesus and he died a peaceful death with his wife, Mary and son, Jesus at his side. Everything we know about Joseph comes from the Bible.

“Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God,” Pope John Paul II had once said.

Joseph’s Death

The events of Joseph’s death are not known, but it is likely he died before Jesus’s ministry began, and it is insinuated that he was dead before the Crucifixion (John 19:26-27). The presence of Joseph was not mentioned in Jesus’ public life, at Jesus’ crucifixion or resurrection. In truth we do not know when Joseph died and the possibility is that he died and was buried at Nazareth.

Apart from what is written in the scriptures, very little is known about the life of Joseph. In the epistles written by Paul, make no reference to Joseph. There are many stories depicting the life of Joseph however these claims are factitious and are not accepted by the Roman Catholic Church.

Patron Saint of the Universal Church

Joseph was declared patron saint of the universal church by Pope Pius IX. He was also a patron of many things, fathers, and the dying and social justice.

St. Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar.

March 19 – “Joseph, the Husband of Mary”.

May 1 – “Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker”.