Bishop Robert Barron says this about St Joseph ‘Joseph was willing to cooperate with the Divine Plan. Though he in no way knew it contours or deepest purpose…He trusted and let himself be led.’
We read in the Gospel today ‘Such was his intention when suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream and said to him ‘Joseph, son of David, have no fear about taking Mary as your wife. It is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived this child. She is to have a son and you are to name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.’ When Joseph awoke he did as the angel of the Lord had directed him.’ (Mat 1, 16, 21-24)
Jospeh was obedient to God. The moment he knew God Will he did it. ‘When Joseph awoke he did as the angel of the Lord had directed him.’
While it is commonly believed that Joseph has no recorded words in scripture. This is not entirely true. Because Joseph was Guardian of Jesus. It was his responsibility to announce that Jesus is his name.
Joseph would told the world. His name is Jesus.
Saint John Paul II writes ‘Let us ask God to give us the same ‘obedience of faith’ that Joseph showed throughout his lifetime. May St Joseph strengthen us and help us to imitate the humble worker from Nazareth who listened to the Lord, safeguarding the gift that had been entrusted to him, and made a place for the Word of God to grow and live among us.’
Sister Maravillas writes ‘Devotion to St Joseph was a hallmark of St Theresa of Avila. Teresa attributed her miraculous cure to St Joseph. When she was living in the Incarnation Convent in Avila, she was struck with an ailment that left her half dead. She was paralyzed and was presumed death at one point. She prayed and prayed to Joseph and her prayer was answered. Her paralysis was cured and she was able to walk again even though her health had always been fragile after that.’
Follow St Joseph example in his obedient faith.
Also look to Joseph as a powerful intercessor in Heaven.
St Theresa of Avila wrote
‘I took for my advocate and lord the glorious Saint Jospeh and commended myself earnestly to him; and I found that this my father and lord delivered me both from this trouble and also from other and greater troubles concerning my honor and the loss of my soul, and that he gave me greater blessing than I could ask of him. I do not remember even now that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant.’
Saint Andre Bassette cured thousand of people through the intercession of St Joseph. He would tell us the sick rub some sick person with some Oil and ask St Joseph to heal the person. Andre took no credit. St Joseph worked the miracle.
Today on this Feast of St Joseph ask Joseph to pray for you.