Solemnity of Saint Joseph

Matthew 1:16,18-21, 24

Joseph never once asks, “What’s in this for me?” Joseph is noted for his immediate “yes-response” to the task at hand. He lov­ingly takes Mary into his home at the call of the angel, and he provides a loving home no matter what the consequences are for him. Instead of manipulating, he complies with and accepts the Lord’s challenge in his life. Joseph points the way today. When all our dreaming is over, let’s get up and discern loving strategies for dealing with the life we have, not the life we’d like to convince God to give us.