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Meditation: Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24

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Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)

Entrance Antiphon

Behold, a faithful and prudent steward,
whom the Lord set over his household. Cf. Lk 12:42

Gloria

(When it is prescribed, this hymn is either said or sung:)

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

Collect

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that by Saint Joseph’s intercession
your Church may constantly watch over
the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation,
whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16

The Lord spoke to Nathan and said: “Go, tell my servant David, ‘When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his kingdom firm. It is he who shall build a house for my name. And I will make his royal throne firm forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.’”

Psalm 89

R. The son of David will live for ever.
The promises of the Lord I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness,
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. R.
“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.” R.
“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.’
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm.” R.

Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22

Brothers and sisters: It was not through the law that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants that he would inherit the world, but through the righteousness that comes from faith. For this reason, it depends on faith, so that it may be a gift, and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants, not to those who only adhere to the law but to those who follow the faith of Abraham, who is the father of all of us, as it is written, I have made you father of many nations. He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not exist. He believed, hoping against hope, that he would become the father of many nations, according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be. That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.

Gospel Acclamation

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!
Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O Lord;
they never cease to praise you. Ps 84:5
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a (or Luke 2:41-51a)

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear 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 commanded him and took his wife into his home.

Profession of Faith

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

(At the words that follow, up to and including and became man, all bow.)
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

(The Apostles’ Creed may be used instead of the Nicene Creed.)

Prayer over the Offerings

We pray, O Lord,
that, just as Saint Joseph served with loving care
your Only Begotten Son, born of the Virgin Mary,
so we may be worthy to minister
with a pure heart at your altar.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Communion Antiphon

Well done, good and faithful servant.
Come, share your master’s joy. Mt 25:21

Prayer after Communion

Defend with unfailing protection,
O Lord, we pray,
the family you have nourished
with food from this altar,
as they rejoice at the Solemnity of Saint Joseph,
and graciously keep safe your gifts among them.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Daily Meditation: Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24

Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, . . . decided to divorce her quietly. (Matthew 1:19)

As we ponder today’s Gospel passage, let’s think about what Joseph could have done after he discovered that Mary was pregnant. He could have told everyone in Nazareth about it. He could have gotten very angry and embarrassed her publicly. Why didn’t he?

Let’s focus on the word “quietly.” We can surmise that being quiet was a characteristic of Joseph—after all, he is never quoted in the Gospels! He probably spent hours alone at his carpenter’s bench, silent and intent on his work. Scripture also tells us that he was a righteous man, someone who listened to God and humbly followed him. So even though he didn’t understand what was happening with Mary, he stayed quiet and didn’t lose his cool. He could have focused on himself as the injured party and tried to draw sympathy from his neighbors. Instead, he sought to act in a way that was not only charitable but also upheld the dignity of Mary.

Today we have many opportunities to gripe about various injustices or troubling situations. Social media even provides us with a megaphone of sorts to make our voices heard. It’s very easy to lash out without thinking, but Joseph shows us that we don’t have to succumb to such temptations. We can take the time to reflect on the situation and then act with discretion and tact.

Maybe you’re not a naturally quiet person. But it doesn’t matter how talkative you are. What matters is that you seek to resolve troubling, difficult, or unexpected situations quietly and unobtrusively, as Joseph sought to do. When you act out of a rush of emotion instead of discretely, you risk making a mess of a situation that could have been settled much more lovingly and peacefully.

So before you react to a difficult situation, take a breath and come before the Lord. Quietly reflect on what has happened and ask God to give you the silent strength of Joseph. Then trust that God will show you how to act in a way that brings his love and peace to the people around you.

“St. Joseph, thank you for your example of quiet strength. Help me to be like you.”

2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22

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