March 2020 Letter

Guardian of Jesus

 

St. Joseph has been honored throughout the Christian centuries for his faithful devotion in helping Mary to raise her Son, Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Matthew reveals that Joseph was a just man, who followed the angel of the Lord’s instructions and took the expectant (pregnant) virgin Mary as his wife (Matthew 1:24).

 

In the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, Jesus is referred to as “the carpenter’s son” (Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3). This suggests that Joseph had carpentry (building) skills with which he supported his family. Joseph was an important figure in the early life of Jesus, safely escorting Mary and Jesus to Egypt to escape King Herod’s attempt to kill the child (Matthew 2:13-14) and then moving them back to Nazareth once it was safe to do so (Matthew 2:19-23).

 

The final mention of Joseph is at the time the 12-year-old Jesus visits the temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of the Passover (Luke 2:41-51). Joseph, the guardian of our Lord, has long been associated with caring parenthood as well as with skilled craftsmanship. The Feast of St. Joseph is celebrated in the Church each year on March 19th.

 

Almighty God, You chose St. Joseph to be the guardian of Your only Son. Grant that we, who are redeemed by His blood, may share with him in the glory of Your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Lenten Blessings!

 

Pastor David A. Feddern