Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
II Sam 7:4-5a,12-14a,16 + Rom 4:13,16-18,22 + Mt 1:16,18-21,24a
March 19, 2016
“When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him….”
Saint Joseph has two feast days during the year: on May first we celebrate the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker, and on that day we reflect especially on how St. Joseph shows us what great dignity there is in such an ordinary thing as work. On March 19th, we celebrate Saint Joseph as the husband of Mary: we celebrate especially on this feast the fidelity—the faithfulness—that we see reflected in the life of this man Joseph. All of our readings on this feast draw our mind to the enduring nature of the covenant between the Lord and His People.
It is specifically as the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary that we honor Saint Joseph today, and it is the spousal nature of Joseph’s life that mirrors in his earthly life the enduring fidelity of the Lord. From his place in heaven, St. Joseph is the patron of the universal Church, that instrument by which the Lord wishes to make a covenant with each member of the human race, making each person a member of His divine Son’s Body. It is the Church that proclaims to the world yet converted the faithfulness of the Lord, and it is the Church that is given by the Lord the promise that He will strengthen us in all our trials.